Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 09 May 2021), January 1741, trial of Nathaniel Beardmore (t17410116-52).

Nathaniel Beardmore, Theft > grand larceny, 16th January 1741.

64. Nathaniel Beardmore , was indicted for stealing 17 s. the Money of Joseph Darcy , December 15 .

Jos. Darcey. I was robbed a Month last Tuesday of 17 s. the Prisoner was taken on Suspicion, and confessed that he took the Money out of the Till in my Shop, and that he went round the Counter to get it The Prisoner is about fourteen Years of Age.

Prisoner. I am but 12 Years old.

Jane Beardmore . I am the Boy 's Mother; he always used to behave well, and no Body can lay any Thing either to mine or the Boy's Charge. I never knew any Hurt of him at all; and he is but Twelve Years old, upon my good honest Word.

Darcey. I have known the Boy a great many Years, but never heard any Harm of him.

Acquitted .