Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 21 May 2018), February 1795, trial of JOHN ELING (t17950218-7).

JOHN ELING, Theft > grand larceny, 18th February 1795.

119. JOHN ELING was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 16th of February , a hand saw, value 2s. the goods of James Pugh .


I am a carpenter .

Q. Do you know the prisoner? - No.

Q. Did you lose a hand saw? - Yes, on Monday morning last, it was taken from the first floor of the Pantheon , where I was at work.

Q. Had you seen it there that morning? - No, I had not been at work that morning, we had been at work on Sunday; our master told us that if we would not work on Sunday we might go about our business, and work being scarce we worked; we left work at five o'clock on Sunday evening.

Q. Who told you to work on Sunday? - My master.

Q. And you did not work? - Yes, I did.

Q. I am sorry for it. What time did you come the next morning? - About a quarter past seven, and the hand saw was gone then.

Q. Have you ever seen it since? - Yes, it was found hid under some bricklayers hair, in a vault backwards, were this labourer was employed to make mortar.

Q. What reason have you to think that he took the hand saw? - Joseph Mumford see him take it and sting it down between the joists of the floor.


I saw the man take the hand saw from the place where the owner left it, and he threw it through some joists among some rubbish, and while I was gone to let my shopmates know, the saw was gone from there to this vault where we found it.

Prisoner. I never meddled with the saw at all; how could he swear to me when several persons were in my dress in particular?

Witness. There were none there then only him.

GUILTY . (Aged 20.)

Publickly Whipped .

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