Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 7.2, 23 February 2018), December 1781, trial of JOSEPH WYNN , otherwise PAYNE (t17811205-52).

JOSEPH WYNN, Theft > grand larceny, 5th December 1781.

60. JOSEPH WYNN , otherwise PAYNE , was indicted for stealing, upon the 15th of November last, a piece of Irish linen cloth, containing 47 yards, the value of 50 s. the goods of William Freer .

WILLIAM FREER sworn.

I am a salesman , I live in Barbican , I bought two pieces of linen of a sort, I left them amongst others on the counter, and went out; when I came back I was told one was stolen.

ELEANOR FREER sworn.

I heard an alarm in the shop, by a dog which we have, and when I went into the shop, I missed a piece of cloth, and I went to the door, and I saw the man with it under his arm; I knew that cloth had been laying on the counter; there was nobody in the shop; I was in the back room behind it; there were two pieces, both alike in quality, but of a different length; I missed one, and saw the man with it under his arm, about three doors off; I pursued the prisoner into the next street to us; I called stop thief, he threw it down in the middle of Princes-street, and I went and picked it up and came home, people pursued him, and brought him back. I am sure the man that was brought back, is the man that took the piece of cloth.

EDWARD CLARK sworn.

I saw the prisoner come out of the shop, with a piece of cloth under his arm; I am clear of that, and the dog making a barking, and taking hold of his coat, I kept by him, and had not my eye off him; I thought it odd he made no reply to the dog worrying him; I saw the woman come out, and heard her cry stop thief; he dropt the cloth and run away; I did not loose sight of him at all, I pursued while he was taken; a constable met him, and I went up to his assistance, and several more; I am clear it is the same man; I saw his face as he was coming out of the shop.

JOHN EDWARDS sworn.

I am a constable, this cloth was delivered to me by Mrs. Freer.

To Mrs. Freer. Was that cloth you delivered to the constable, the same as you picked up and brought back? - Yes, I am certain of it.

To Edwards. Is that the same you received from her? - Yes, I marked it.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I was going up the court that leads from Bridges-street to Drury-lane, a narrow passage, the man met me and said, it is my opinion you stole the cloth, and they brought me back to the house, and they asked her if I was the person, she said, she believed I was the person.

GUILTY .

To be confined to hard labour for twelve months in the house of correction .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.