Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 05 February 2023), October 1720, trial of John Harris (t17201012-23).

John Harris, Theft > burglary, 12th October 1720.

John Harris of St. Giles without Cripplegate , was indicted for breaking the Dwelling House of Isaac Purser in the Night-time, and taking thence 2 Gowns, a Callimancoe Petticoat, a Quilted Petticoat, a Riding hood, a Drugget Coat and a Cloth Wastcoat , on the 17th of February last. Elizabeth Purser deposed that when she went out (about 7 or 8 a Clock) her Inner Door was lockt, and the outer Door on the Latch for the Convenience of her Lodgers; that she came Home about 9 and found her Door broke and the Goods gone; that William Field gave her Notice that the Prisoner and himself commited the Fact. William Field deposed, that the Prisoner and himself went to the Prosecutor's House on the 17th of February last between 9 and 10 at night; that they lifted up the Latch of outer Door, and broke the inner Door open with a Chissel; that the Prisoner took the Goods, and gave them to him in a Bag, which they afterwards sold to Eliz Glanister . Jonathan Wild deposed, that he knows the Prisoner; that he has been condemned before, has been an Evidence against several, convicted some, and has kept Company with Field. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .