Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 09 December 2021), July 1786, trial of JOHN LANGFORD (t17860719-44).

JOHN LANGFORD, Theft > grand larceny, 19th July 1786.

605. JOHN LANGFORD was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 3d day of July , one linen shirt, value 2 s. a cloth waistcoat, value 1 s. a pair of worsted stockings, value 1 s. one scythe, value 5 s. and a linen handkerchief, value 6 d. the property of James Ireland .


I am a labourer at Whittendon, in Gloucestershire; I lost the things mentioned in the indictment, at the Red-lion in Stanmore; I came up to make the best of my time to work; I gave the things to the young mistress of the Inn, and bade her take proper care of them; her name is Susannah Wells ; she is not here; I found the things upon the prisoner last Sunday was se'night; he stripped off the handkerchief and waistcoat, and said they were mine, and he would not carry them any further; he did not tell me how he came by them; I never saw the prisoner before I lost the things.


What age are you, my boy? - About fourteen.

Do you know the nature of an oath, what will become of you in the other world if you swear falsely? - I shall go to hell.


Who is your father? - William Newland ; I live at the Red-lion at Stanmore; the prisoner came to me and asked me for the things that were the other man's, and I gave them to him; I gave him a bundle, I cannot tell what was in it, and I gave him a scythe, he said, he was going to hay making, they were both going together, and he told my mistress there was no work for him, and he came for the bundle and the scythe; I saw the prosecutor deliver these things to Susannah Wells .


The prosecutor was a countryman of mine; we were at work both together, we had been drinking, and I made more free than I should have done, because he was a countryman of my own; I should not have done so with any body else; I went to get the things to give him.


To be publickly whipped an hundred yards at Stanmore .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice HEATH.