Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 08 December 2023), February 1767, trial of John Stewart (t17670218-17).

John Stewart, Theft > grand larceny, 18th February 1767.

147. (M) John Stewart was indicted for stealing one stock bed, value 12 d. one woollen cover-lid, three blankets, one feather pillow, one cloth jacket, one cloth and callimanco waistcoat, one plaid waistcoat, one baize waistcoat, and one pair of cloth breeches , the property of Alexander Michel , Jan. 28 . ++

Alexander Mitchel . I am a seaman ; I was ship-keeper to the ship Neptune, lying at Mr. Smith's wharf below the Hermitage ; I lay on board to take care of her; I was gone on shore to get my supper, I had shut my hatches down; I found the door open when I returned, which I had locked when I went out; I missed the things mentioned in the indictment, (mentioning them by name) from off my bed in the cabbin; the next witness can give a farther account.

Alexander Dorrits . I keep a broker's shop in Ratcliffe-highway; the prisoner brought a bed, three blankets, and a rug to me, and said he was come from Russia, and that his name was Stewart; I bought them of him; after that, Mr. Mitchel and others came with a search-warrant for them, and I delivered them to him directly, and told him who I bought them of.

James Smith . I am master of the ship; I went with the constable to Dorrit's house. I had been informed the goods had been carried there by two boys; when the prisoner was taken, he owned he took the goods out of the ship.

Matthew Chesham . I am the officer; I had the prisoner in custody, he gave an account of every thing; I went with him where he said he had sold the jackets or waistcoats, and there we found them; there were four of them; (the goods produced and deposed to.)

Prisoner. I did take the things out of the ship.

Guilty . T .

There was another indictment against him.