Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 21 January 2022), February 1732, trial of Edward Dell , alias Dale (t17320223-38).

Edward Dell, Theft > burglary, 23rd February 1732.

47. Edward Dell , alias Dale , of the Liberty of the Tower , was indicted for breaking and entering the House of John Davis , and taking from thence a Silk Handkerchief, value 3 s. on the 11th of February , about 8 at Night .

Mary Davis . I live in George Yard on Tower-hill . About 7 at Night, on Friday was Se'night, as I was sitting with some Friends in a back Room even with my Shop, I heard the Sash of the Shop window break with a great Noise, and a Handkerchief that hung for Sale on a Line in the window, was snatched away. The Prisoner was taken by a Waterman who pursued him.

Court. Did you see the Handkerchief taken out?

Davis. No, I only heard the Glass break, and miss'd the Handkerchief, which I knew was upon the Line but just before.

Ann Bolton . I was in the back Room with Mrs. Davis, and heard the Glass broke: I look'd and saw the Handkerchief taken out, but did not see the Hand that took it. The Shop Door was shut.

Joseph Norton , Waterman. I was about 6 or 7 Yards from the Prisoner when the Sash was broke, I saw him smash the window with his hand thus - and snatch out the Handkerchief; he ran away towards Tower-hill, I pursued him, he dropt the Handkerchief in the Mud, and presently after fell down himself, and so I took him. There was another Fellow with him when he broke the window, but he got off. A little Boy took up the Handkerchief and gave it me, and I gave it to Mr. Lambard. This is the Handkerchief, you may see where 'tis cut with pulling through the Glass.

Joseph Lombard . I was in the back Room when the window was broke, I ran out in pursuit of the Prisoner, but Mr. Norton had taken him before I came up to him.

Prisoner. As I was walking by the Window, a Man came running along, and a Waterman threw a Brick-bat at him, but it miss'd him, and knock'd me down, and thereupon he charg'd me with breaking the Window. The Prosecutor would have discharg'd me, but the Waterman said, he should get 40 l. for hanging a House-Breaker. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .