Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 08 December 2022), May 1766, trial of John Gordon Charles Davis (t17660514-35).

John Gordon, Charles Davis, Theft > shoplifting, 14th May 1766.

320, 321. (M.) John Gordon and Charles Davis were indicted for stealing four cloth coats, value 17 s, and one cloth waistcoat, value 3 s. the property of Robert Richardson , privately in the shop of the said Richard , May 12 . ++

Robert Richardson . I am a dyer and scourer , and live at Wapping . I went out on the other side of the water; after which I missed the next morning four coats, two waistcoats, and a pair of breeches, from a board at the farther end of the shop, and yesterday I saw the two prisoners on Towerhill; the black, whose name is Gordon, had one of the coats on his back; I apprehended him; after that I found two coats and a waistcoat in the shop of Mrs. Branch in Rosemary-lane, and a coat in another shop (four coats and a waistcoat produced and deposed to.)

Charles Ainsworth . I happened to be last Wednesday in Rosemary-lane, Gordon came to me and asked me to go and sell a coat for him; I went and sold it to Mrs. Branch, and delivered the money to him; Davis desired me to sell a coat and waistcoat, I took and sold them at the same time.

James Murray . I took Gordon with this coat on his back.

Gordon's defence.

I gave 5 s. 6 d. for the coat to a woman.

Davis's defence.

What they say against me is very false. Both guilty of stealing, but not privately in the shop . T .