Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 21 August 2018), September 1756, trial of John Jameson (t17560915-17).

John Jameson, Theft > grand larceny, 15th September 1756.

340. (M.) John Jameson was indicted for stealing one hat, value 4 s. one silk handkerchief, value 2 s. five ells of holland, value 15 s. the goods of persons unknown, one silk handkerchief, the property of Joseph Gosling , one cloth cloak, the property of Lucy Townsend , spinster , and one cloth cloak , the property of Abigail Allen , spinster , August 12 . +

Hannah Boroughs . I live in East-Smithfield, and am a pawnbroker; the prisoner at the bar was my servant. About the 25th of March last, when the family got up he was gone. He staid away till about the Wednesday following. In his absence on the 28th I missed a hat out of the shop, that I had lent four shillings on. When he came home, I told him I had lost a hat, and he had by some method got in and taken it. He lay in another house backwards. He acknowledged he had taken the hat and two silk handkerchiefs (producing one handkerchief.) This is the property of Joseph Gosling . I got an acquaintance to go with him to fetch the hat and handkerchiefs, from whence he had pawn'd them. I missed the two, cloaks mentioned in the indictment and the piece of holland on the 12th of August On the thirteenth when my family arose, the doors were open; in the house was this key (producing one) and by looking about I took him in my house behind my garret door concealed. He was not my servant then. I carried him before Sir Samuel Gower , and there charged him with things I had lost. He said, he had nothing to say for himself; but that it was true. He confessed he got down the cellar window, and so up into the shop. I had turned him away immediately, upon finding him out about the hat.

Elizabeth Powis . I am servant to the prosecutrix. The prisoner was her servant . She turned him away about the 30th of March. He went out on the 28th of March, and we missed a hat while he was absent. When he returned, mistress charged him with it. He owned he took it and a handkerchief; and he owned to me also in New-Prison, that he had taken two cloaks and five elis of cloth, and had sold them to an old Jew.

Q. Who did the cloaks belong to?

E. Powis. They belong to Lucy Townsend and Abigail Allen .

The prisoner had nothing to say.

Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]