Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 18 May 2021), April 1793, trial of WILLIAM PRUDENCE (t17930410-65).

WILLIAM PRUDENCE, Theft > grand larceny, 10th April 1793.

349. WILLIAM PRUDENCE was indicted for stealing, on the 9th of March , four quartern loaves of bread, value 2 s. the goods of Michael Fendon .

MICHAEL FENDON sworn.

I am a baker ; I lost four quartern loaves on Saturday, the 9th of March, between five and six o'clock; I lost them out of my basket, I pitched my basket in the street, and I went to serve a quartern loaf; and when I came back again four quartern loaves were out of my basket, and I turned myself about to look round for my bread, and while I turned myself about two gentlemen came and brought this man and bread along with them.

WILLIAM ISOP sworn.

I saw the prisoner take four quartern loaves out of Mr. Fendon's basket; I directly ran after him, and he made off into Wheeler-street. I ran after him and I spoke to a gentleman to run after him, and we apprehended him with the loaves on him; he gave an account at the office that he lived in Shoreditch, and the officers there knew him, and said that he had been taken up there that week before.

HENRY HOWELL sworn.

I am a butcher; I assisted in taking this man, I did not see him take the bread; I saw him go by my door with four quartern loaves, two under each arm; and I went after him.

Prisoner. Ask him if I was not coming along the same way as he was? - He was not.

The prisoner called one witness to his character.

GUILTY . (Aged 43.)

Imprisoned six months and publickly whipped .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Lord KENYON.