Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 10 December 2018), April 1765, trial of Michael Dalton (t17650417-50).

Michael Dalton, Theft > grand larceny, 17th April 1765.

270. (M.) Michael Dalton was indicted for stealing three china bowls, value 5 s. and a china tea-pot, value 1 s. the property of William Boosley , April 17 . ++

William Boosley . I live at Poplar . Yesterday morning we miss'd a china bowl that was generally in the house; I desired the maid to go and look into the closet to see for it, and she miss'd two or three more. I suspected the prisoner, as he used to come backward and forwards. I keep cows, and he is a milkman. I apply'd to one of my men where the prisoner lodges, to ask if the prisoner had brought any thing home over night, he told me, he had enquired of a friend of the prisoner's at Limehouse, and he found the prisoner had left a tea-pot there. I enquired at home, and found there was one lost. I went to that house, and desired the woman to let me have that tea-pot that the prisoner left there. I brought it home, and my maids all knew it to be mine after that I took the prisoner into my parlour; and charged him with taking a china bowl, and china tea-pot he denied it, and said, he had no china at all. I said, Have you no tea-pot? he said, No. Then I shewed him the tea-pot, and said that he had left it to be sold for 4 s. 6 d. in Ropemakers fields. He said he had that pot of a woman in Ratcliff highway. She was fetched: she declared she never saw it with her eyes before. Then I got a warrant, and charged him: he then went on his knees, and begged I would have nothing to do with it; saying, it was the first time, and necessity drove him to it: this he confessed before my family, and before the Justice also.

Thomas Stone deposed to that of the prisoner's confession.

Prisoner's Defence.

I took them when I was in liquor. It is the first time I ever did such a thing. I was taken last night, and had not time to send for any body.

Guilty . T .