Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 30 May 2023), July 1744, trial of Charles Billingsly (t17440728-6).

Charles Billingsly, Theft > grand larceny, 28th July 1744.

302. Charles Billingsly , of St. Sepulchres , was indicted for stealing two silver spoons, value 15 s. the goods of Peter Holliday , June 15 .

Peter Holliday . The 15th of this month I lost two silver spoons out of a back room joining to a yard; the Prisoner carried one to Mr. Howston a silversmith in Fleet-Street, and the other to Mr. Mordaunt, a pawnbroker. The Prisoner was an errand boy to a young man who lodges in our own house, and took this opportunity (as he confessed at Guild-Hall) to go in at a sash window, and took them out of a corner cupboard.

Mr. Howston. The Prisoner brought this piece of a spoon to me to sell, I asked him how he came by it, he said his master sent him to sell it. I told him I would send for his master to know the truth of it, and when I told him that he ran away, and had the impudence to send another boy with the other part of the spoon.

Richard Mordaunt . The Prisoner brought this spoon to me, and said, he wanted 2 s. upon it. I asked him who sent him with it; he said he brought it from one Green a cobler in the Old Bailey: said I, it is not usual for a cobler to have such a spoon as this, I will go to the person who owns it; he said there was no occasion for that, he would go and fetch him; he w ent away, but did not return to me: he has a mother who I believe is a chairwoman.

Q. What age are you?

Billingsly. I am eight years old - My father is in the hospital. Guilty .

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