Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 09 December 2021), January 1791, trial of PETER SEDDON (t17910112-25).

PETER SEDDON, Theft > grand larceny, 12th January 1791.

79. PETER SEDDON was indicted for stealing a cambrick pocket-handkerchief, value 2 s. the property of the Right Hon. Lord Cavan .

Lord CAVAN sworn.

The prisoner was servant to me; I sent him on an errand; in the mean time, a pawnbroker came and produced a cambrick handkerchief which was mine.

The pawnbroker deposed, that the servant offered him a handkerchief to pawn for a shilling; he looked at it, and saw a coronet upon it, and the prisoner said Lord Cavan gave it to him: he had Lord Cavan's shirt on: he was secured.

(The handkerchief deposed to.)

Prisoner. I found the handkerchief as I was going out of the house, I did not know who it belonged to, and I went to pawn it for a shilling.

GUILTY .

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.