Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 7.2, 18 February 2018), January 1768, trial of John Harvey (t17680114-23).

John Harvey, Theft > animal theft, 14th January 1768.

127. (M.) John Harvey was indicted for stealing a cock, value 1 s. six hens, value 6 s. a pig, value 6 s. and a woollen horse-cloth, value 6 d. the property of Mary Bosanquet , spinster ; and one iron spur plated with silver , the property of John Swinley , Jan. 5 . ++

Sarah Crosby . I live with Mrs. Bosanquet at Laytonstone ; last Monday se'night there were seven or eight fowls and a pig in the house, and in the morning they were all gone, and the horsecloth missing out of the stable.

John Swinley . I am servant to Mrs. Bosanquet; the door was locked on Monday night the fourth of January, about half an hour after six; we had seven hens in the hen-house and a pig, they were gone the next morning; we pursued to London, we was informed there was some fowls at a barber's at Bromley; we went there and found the six hens and a cock, a pig, a spur, and a horse-cloth; I can swear to the cock and two of the hens, the pig and horse-cloth; I have the fellow to the spur in my pocket: the prisoner is son to a man in our neighbourhood; the prisoner has been in custody several times, and he always shams mad and so gets cleared.

John Bell . I am a watchman at Bromley; calling the hour five in the morning the prisoner came by me; I bid him stop to see what he had got; he went to go the back way; I followed him, and ran my hand against the pig in the basket; I searched him, he had the seven fowls upon him, and the spot in his pocket; he told me he bought them in the road coming along, but could not tell of who.

Prisoner's defence.

The peace of God be with you, I make no defence.

Guilty . T .