Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 7.2, 19 February 2018), June 1788, trial of WILLIAM EATON (t17880625-35).

WILLIAM EATON, Theft > grand larceny, 25th June 1788.

437. WILLIAM EATON was indicted for stealing, on the 14th of May , a Cheshire cheese, value 20 s. the property of Strother Allen .

The prisoner dropt the cheese in the presence of the prosecutor, and was soon afterwards taken by him.

(The prisoner called eight witnesses to his character.)

GUILTY .

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.