Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 01 December 2021), October 1759, trial of Richard Forth (t17591024-23).

Richard Forth, Theft > theft from a specified place, 24th October 1759.

322. (M.) Richard Forth was indicted for stealing one Bank note, value 25 l. one silver watch, value 40 s. one pair of silver shoe-buckles, value 10 s. one pair of silver knee-buckles, value 4 s. and six shillings in money, number'd, the property of John Bond , in the dwelling-house of John Culterhouse , Octob. 11 . +

John Bond . I was at work on the 11th of October.

Q. What is your business?

Bond. I am a Rope-maker . I lodge with the prisoner's mother; she sent a little girl to me, and desired me to come home. I went; she told me my box was robb'd, and all my money gone. I told her I had but six shillings, or thereabouts, but there was a Bank note of 25 l. We went up stairs, there I found the paper that the note had been in; my watch was taken from my beds-head; and my shoe and knee-buckles were gone; my knee-buckles were in my breeches, lock'd up in my box. The prisoner had made off, and on Sunday the 14th I found him at Stepney: I charg'd him with taking the things mentioned. He denied it for some time, and at last he owned he had taken and pawned the things for a reckoning, at the house of James Sedgwick at Stepney; but he denied taking the Bank note, and said he never saw it.

Q. Did you ever find the note again?

Bond. No, I never did; I went to Sedgwick's and found the watch and buckles. The prisoner owned to the taking of 6 s. out of my box, and a guinea which I did not know of. I found all again, except the note and money.

Prisoner. What he says is very true; but as for the Bank note I know nothing of it.

James Sedgwick . The prisoner left a watch, a pair of shoe and knee-buckles with me for his reckoning, and I have delivered them all to the prosecutor.

Thomas Davidson . All I know is, that the prosecutor had Bank note of 25 l. value.

Mr. Silver. I am Headborough; I had a search-warrant brought to me on the 15th of October, in order to search Mr Sedgwick's house for a watch and Bank note. I went there. He said he had the watch, but knew nothing of the Bank note: the buckles he also delivered to me. Produc'd in Court and depos'd to by the prosecutor.

Prisoner's defence.

The things I had; but the Bank note I never saw.

Guilty 39 s.