Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 16 August 2018), September 1776, trial of JAMES WHATMORE (t17760911-11).

JAMES WHATMORE, Theft > grand larceny, 11th September 1776.

627. JAMES WHATMORE was indicted for stealing twelve pair of men's leather gloves, value 12 s. the property of Alice Binns , widow , July 24th .


I am book-keeper at the Greyhound inn, which is kept by the prosecutor: the gloves were lost out of the compting house; they were in a parcel directed to St. Albans: the prisoner was stopped at the door; and I took them from under his coat.

[They were produced in court, and deposed to.]


The prisoner and another man came in and called for a pint of cyder; while I went to draw it, there was a hole made in the wainscot, and I saw the prisoner take the parcel, which was lying in a chair; he attempted to put it into his pocket, but it was too big; he put it under his coat, and went out: I informed the last witness of it; he took the parcel from him; I received the parcel over night; I took notice of it; it was directed to Dr. Cotton.


I know nothing of it.

' The prisoner called seven witnesses, who gave him a good character.'


Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]