Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 07 December 2021), December 1740, trial of William Welch Richard Jones (t17401204-50).

William Welch, Richard Jones, Theft > burglary, 4th December 1740.

64. 65. William Welch , and Richard Jones , were indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling House of Edward Richardson , about the Hour of 2 in the Night, and stealing 10 lb. of Tobacco, value 10 s. and 5 lb. of Pork, value 2 s. the Goods of Edward Richardson , Sept 10 .

Edward Richardson . About the 10th of Sept. I was robb'd of ten pounds of Tobacco, and a piece of Pork; they were taken out of my Cellar, and the Brick work of the Window was broke down, big enough for a Man to enter. I can say nothing of the Prisoners.

Thomas May . The 2 Prisoners and I broke open Mr. Richardson's Cellar-Window a Fortnight before Michaelmas-Day, and took ten pounds of Tobacco, and a Spring of Pork. They went into the Cellar, and gave me the Things out at the Window; the Tobacco we sold for 9 d. per lb. and divided the Money; and the Pork we eat.

Prisoner Welch. To shew the Villanies of this Fellow; he sent this Letter to the Prosecutor, that he knew nothing of it; it is not his own Hand, but his Worship wrote it.

Mr. Justice Chandler. I committed the 2 Prisoners; and as to the Fact, I know nothing; but every one who knows my Hand, will say this is quite different.

Richard Hornlow . I have known Welch 14 Years; and never heard that he had a bad Character.

William King . I have known Welch from his Infancy; - I don't know that ever he did any Body any Harm.

Both acquitted of the Burglary, Guilty of the Felony, 4 s. 10 d.

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