Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 22 February 2019), June 1731, trial of Robert Cooper (t17310602-37).

Robert Cooper, Deception > forgery, 2nd June 1731.

Robert Cooper , of the Hamlet of Mile-End Old-Town, in the Parish of Stepney , Victualler , was indicted, for that he did falsely and feloniously make, or cause to be made, a Bond for the Sum of 25 l. under the Hand of William Holme of Hanover-square, Grocer , and the same did utter contrary to the Statute in that Case made and provided .

John Meah depos'd, That the Prisoner brought the Bond to him, desiring him to lend him 10 l. upon it, offering to give him 10 s. to do it; that he told him he had not Money of his own to do it, but he would carry him to a Friend that could do it, and did so; but his Friend scrupling to do it, unless the Giver of the Bond owned it to be real, he went and enquired of Mr. Holme himself, who positively denying his Knowledge of the Bond, or his being indebted in any Sum of Money to the Prisoner, he got him apprehended.

John Stokes depos'd, That he made the Bond by the Direction of the Prisoner, and that when he came for it, he asked him for the Person who was to execute it; that the Prisoner reply'd, he was to meet the Gentleman in the City, and he would get it sign'd, seal'd, &c. there, and not give him the trouble of executing of it.

Mr. Holme appeared in Court, and positively deny'd that he gave the Bond, nor did the Hand-writing in the Bond appear any thing like the Hand of Mr. Holme , but seem'd rather to be the Hand of a Woman, whose Name was to it as a Witness, which was Margaret Brown , nor was the Name right spelt, being Homes instead of Holme ; several Names to Receipts written by Mr. Holme were produc'd in Court, which did no ways agree with the signing of the Bond. The Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found him guilty of the Indictment. Death .