Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 05 February 2023), February 1786, trial of HENRY HALL (t17860222-114).

HENRY HALL, Theft > grand larceny, 22nd February 1786.

301. HENRY HALL was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 23d day of January last, one wicker basket, value 2 s. seven quartern loaves of wheaten bread, value 3 s. 6 d. the property of Christopher Nichols .

CHRISTOPHER NICHOLS sworn.

I am a master baker ; on Monday the 23d of January last, my servant took ten quartern loaves of wheaten bread out with him, he went from my shop a quarter before twelve, and returned without his bread a quarter of an hour after.

JAMES GIFFORD sworn.

I left my basket the corner of North-street ; I left seven quartern loaves in it, I found them at Justice Walker's, I know the bread and the basket, I made the bread; I saw the prisoner at the Justice's about six in the evening.

(Deposes to the Bread and the Basket.)

- CUMMINGS sworn.

I took the prisoner with the basket in Dyott-street; he dropped the basket, I took him to the round-house, he said before the Justice, a man gave him the basket, and that he knew him, and had drank with him several times.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

Coming down Tottenham-court-road, a man hired me to carry the basket, I had not broke my fast for three days; the man was a stranger to me.

GUILTY .

Whipped .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. ROSE.