Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 05 February 2023), October 1743, trial of John Mercy (t17431012-30).

John Mercy, Theft > grand larceny, 12th October 1743.

492. John Mercy , of St. George Hanover Square , was indicted for stealing 10 lb. Weight of Cart iron, value 9 d. the Goods of Thomas Stanley , Sept. 10 .

Thomas Stanley . I can only say that I lost my Iron off my Cart.

- Neilson . About two o'Clock in the Morning I was going my Rounds by Hide-Park Corner, and saw a Man pass me with a Bag; I asked him what he had got there; he said he had got something, but would give no Account what he had got; I took hold of him, and examin'd what he had, and ask'd him who it belonged to; he said it belonged to a Cow-Feeder below the Hospital at Knightsbridge; acquainted Mr Stanley with it, and he said it belong'd to his Cart.

Giles Boderseild . There are two Iron Back-bands, a Chain, and two Pins, which, I am sure, belonged to my Master Stanley's Cart - This is the Iron which was taken off the Cart. Guilty .

[Whipping. See summary.]