Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 25 September 2023), October 1777, trial of JOHN STORER SAMUEL BLAKE (t17771015-2).

JOHN STORER, SAMUEL BLAKE, Theft > grand larceny, 15th October 1777.

616, 617. JOHN STORER and SAMUEL BLAKE were indicted for stealing two linen shirts, value 18 d. the property of William Hewson , October 15th .


I am the wife of William Hewson : I take in linen to wash; I had nineteen shirts of a gentleman to wash; they hung on a line in the garden, opposite the house; I saw Storer run out of the garden, and throw one of the shirts down on a ba nk, inside the garden; I followed him, and cried, Stop thief; he was stopped by two labouring men

Was any thing found upon him? - No; he was not searched: they were both together; I did not see the other do any thing; I missed two of the shirts; my mother took up the shirt that Storer dropped.

[The shirt was produced in Court, and deposed to by the prosecutrix.]


I am fourteen years old.


I am twelve years old.

STORER GUILTY of stealing to the value of ten pence . W .


Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.