Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 29 January 2023), January 1723, trial of John Dier (t17230116-1).

John Dier, Theft > grand larceny, 16th January 1723.

John Dier , of the Parish of St. Giles without Cripplegate , was indicted for feloniously stealing 3 Castor Hats, value 12 s. and a Brass Rubber, value 4 s. the Property of Ralph Beck , on the 11th of January . The Prosecutor depos'd, That the Goods were taken out of his Workhouse at about 10 a Clock at Night. Mrs. Cable depos'd, That the Prisoner brought the Hats the same Night to her to sell; that she refus'd to buy them, but lent him a Shilling 'till the next Morning: That the Prosecutor having given Notice of his Hats being lost, the Prisoner coming was apprehended. The Prisoner pleaded, The Hats were given him to sell, or borrow Money upon, by a Man in Drink, that he met in the Street. But not producing that Man, the Jury found him Guilty of the Indictment. Transportation .