Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 24 October 2021), May 1788, trial of THOMAS MURPHY (t17880507-59).

THOMAS MURPHY, Theft > grand larceny, 7th May 1788.

388. THOMAS MURPHY was indicted for stealing, one blue coat with fourteen Queen Ann shillings, being shanked for buttons on the said coat, value 20 s. and one pair of breeches, value 2 s. the property of Peter Bryan .

PETER BRYAN sworn.

I am a chimney sweeper ; the prisoner was my servant ; I live in Cross-court, Cow-lane; on Sunday last was a fortnight I lost the things in the indictment; I did not see the prisoner take them.

THOMAS DAVIS sworn.

I am a constable; I live in Houndsditch; on the 20th of April, Sunday in the evening, I was standing at my door, and seeing the prisoner pass by with a bundle under his arm, I asked him what he had got, he said some things to sell; I took the bundle and opened it, and found these pair of breeches, and a coat without buttons; I then began to question him, and he shewed me only one of the buttons; on which I searched him, and found thirteen more all shanked Queen Ann shillings; he did not tell me where he had taken them from, or how he came by them; I advertised them the next day and the prosecutor Peter Bryan owned them.

ANN BRYAN sworn.

I am the wife of the prosecutor; (Coat, buttons; and breeches produced;) they are my husband's property.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I picked them up, and as I thought they would be of no use to me, I was going to sell them; I did not know that they was my master's.

GUILTY ,

Transported .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. ROSE.