Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 03 March 2021), April 1745, trial of Samuel Levi (t17450424-44).

Samuel Levi, Theft > receiving, 24th April 1745.

242. Samuel Levi , was indicted, for that he, on the 24th of Sept. last, 2 4 pewter plates, value 24 s. 6 pewter dishes, val. 20 s. a pewter cheese plate, val. 12 d. a silver spoon, val. 10 s. and a man's hanger, val. 3 s. the goods and chattels of Ann Hicks , spinster, feloniously did receive and have, which goods and chattels above mentioned were stolen by James Stansbury (since executed) Daniel Boyers and Abraham Saunshus , September 26th .

Ann Hicks . My house was broke open, and I lost the things mentioned in the indictment. I don't know the prisoner, 'tis only by the information of Mecum, that I know who had them.

Samuel Mecum . James Stansbury , Boyers, Saunshus and I, broke open a linen draper's shop in Houndsditch , and took two dozen of plates, six dishes, a thing with three stands to it (I do not know the name of it) a large silver spoon, and I believe two or three more spoons, and an old apron or two which we tied them up in - it was about the middle of Sept. and about two o'clock in the night.

Q. What did you do with them?

Mecum. We sold them to Samuel Levi (the prisoner) he lived about two doors off this house that we broke open. I lived then in White Chapel, he came to me, and said, there is such a house broke open, and asked who did it; he said, Sam, if you did it, you may as well let me have the things, as any body else; I said I knew nothing of them; he said, I might as well let him have them, for he knew the house was broke open; for he came by the door, and the people who lost them thanked God they had lost no more.

Q. What did you sell them for?

Mecum. We had twenty eight shillings for the whole, the next morning.

Q. Did you tell him how you came by them?

Mecum. Yes, he knew how we came by them.

Q. What business is the prisoner?

Mecum . He sells old clothes .

Q. Did you ever sell this man any stolen goods before?

Mecum. Yes, several times, and he has dealt with an hundred thieves.

Prisoner. I have witnesses to prove, that I have not spoke to him, for a year and an half: the gentlewoman knows I was sick in bed at that time; I lived next door to her.

Mrs. Hicks . I know nothing of you.

Mecum . There was a hanger taken out of the house at the same time, and they kept that several days: the thief-takers had the hanger afterwards .

George Jackman . I am a hatter by trade. I live in Creed-church lane . I have known the Prisoner about six years: he buys and sells old clothes. My men were drinking at the Taylors arms in Duke's place, and I went to call them.

Mecum . That is a house which used to harbour all the thieves .

Jackman . That is nothing to me, my character can be cleared.

Q. When was that?

Jackman. I believe about last May or June. Mecum was rapping it out prodigiously, and swearing in a most vile manner, that if he met with the person he was swearing about (who I did not know) he would shoot him and chop him to pieces.

Q. Who did that appear to be?

Jackman. The Prisoner at the bar; and this was (as I heard afterwards) because the Prisoner had arrested his wife, or his supposed wife. I made answer, and said, Young man, I don't know you; but if this was a friend of mine, I would take care of you; for you should not say such vile words as these.

Mecum. How came you here for a witness?

Jackman. The Prisoner's spouse came to me, and desired me to come.

Mecum. You would perjure yourself to swear against me, when you know nothing at all of the matter.

Q. Did you know the Prisoner before?

Jackman. He was servant to a gentleman I serve with hats, Mr. Levi in Lime-street .

Jacob Jacobs . About twelve months ago I was drinking a pint of beer, and this Gentleman was just come out of Newgate. Mecum swore a great oath, and said, If I rob the whole world, I'll be revenged on you, and bring you to the gallows; and Mr. Jackman was angry with him for saying so, and was ready to beat him. I believe he had arrested his wife; the officer that arrested her is in court.

Henry Samuel . I have known the Prisoner ten or eleven years, and know him to be a man who works hard for his family. I have lent him two or three guineas at a time, to buy old clothes, and he has paid me very honestly.

Elizabeth Lyon . The Prisoner was a lodger to me six years ago; and three years ago his wife and he lodged with me. I know he always took a great deal of pains to get his living, by buying old clothes. Acquitted .