Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 30 November 2022), May 1735, trial of Thomas Lattimore (t17350522-21).

Thomas Lattimore, Theft > animal theft, Theft > animal theft, 22nd May 1735.

25. Thomas Lattimore , of Enfield , was indicted for stealing a White Gelding, value 25 s. the Property of William Beckley .

He was a second time indicted for stealing a Black Gelding, value 30 s. the Property of William Beckley, March 5 .

William Beckley . I lost my Horses, and heard from a Relation at Cheshunt , that they were sold. I went and found that Abraham Wells had bought the White Horse, and Edward Stanley the Black Horse.

Prisoner. Did not you deliver the Horses to me to carry them to Cheshunt Marsh?

Beckley. Yes; The Prisoner was my next Door Neighbour in Carbuncle Street in Chesunt.

Edward Stanley . I bought the Black Horse of the Prisoner. I had often seen him before, but never had heard any ill of him. I gave a Guinea for him. About a Fortnight afterwards, Beckley claimed the Horse, and I told him if it was his he should have it.

Abraham Wells . I took the Prisoner for a very honest Man, he offered to sell me a little Gray Horse twelve Hands high for 10 s. He said he bought it at Enfield for 15 s. before Christmas. I bid him 7 s. and he took the Money.

Prisoner. The Prosecutor gave me leave to put the Horses in the Marsh.

Court. But who gave you leave to take them out?

Prisoner. Really I can't tell that.

Mr. Taverner. The Prisoner was my Tenant at forty five Shillings a Year, I thought him a very honest Man.

John Howard /. I saw him make his Confession of Justice Brown Enfield, on the twenty sixth April.

The Confession was read to this Effect:

' That about two Months ago he stole a Grey Horse, and sold him the same Day to Abraham Wells for six Shillings and six Pence, and spent it all, except one Shilling which he gave to Elizabeth Smith to lie with her; and ten Days afterwards stole a Black Horse from the same place, and sold him for twenty one Shillings to Mr. Stanly at Newington Butts.'

The Jury found him Guilty of both Indictments . Death .