Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 16 June 2021), June 1796, trial of WILLIAM COLLINS (t17960622-5).

WILLIAM COLLINS, Theft > theft from a specified place, 22nd June 1796.

389. WILLIAM COLLINS was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 15th of May , asilver cruet stand value 5l. three silver castors value 2l. two glass cruets with silver tops value 5s. ten silver table spoons value 5l. a silver butter-trowel value 5s. a silver fish-trowel value 20s. eight silver forks value 4l. a silver soup-ladle value 6s. six desert spoons value 3l. a silver salt-spoon value 12d. three silver gravy-spoons value 2l. a pair of asparagus-tongs value 40s. a tin japan knife-tray value 12d. a wooden sallad-spoon value 2d. an iron cruetstand plated with silver value 5s. four glass cruets value 4s. and two desert knives value 5s. the property of Jane Rowe , in her dwelling-house .


I am servant to Mrs. Jane Rowe , who is a single lady , No. 2, Lower Berkeley-street, Grosvenor square : On Sunday morning the 15th of May, I came down into the area with two pails of water; I set them down and returned to shut the door, when I saw the prisoner in the pantry with his bag spread on the floor; he had in it a knife-tray and a small set of castors, and a large set of castors in his hand, putting them in the bag; I put to the pantry-door, and endeavoured to shut him in; he pushed by me, I threw my arms round him, and we fell both together against the bedstead on the floor, and he attempted to throttle me. The butler came to my assistance and released me from the prisoner; he was then secured, and the bag examined; it contained eight forks, ten spoons, half a dozen desert spoons, a silver fish-trowel, a sauce-spoon, two silver-handled knives, three butter-ladles silver, a silver soup-ladle, a silver butter-trowel, and a pair of silver asparagus-tongs; I have no idea of the value of them, I had seen them in the cupboard just before I went out for the water.


I am butler to Mrs. Rowe: On Whitsunday morning, just after I had set these things on the board, I went to the next room to breakfast; I had not been there long before I heard a violent screech, I went to see what was the matter, and found the prisoner and my fellow-servant on the floor; I lifted the prisoner by his clothes, and asked what business he had there? He said let me go, I have got nothing; my fellow-servant as soon as he could speak said, I have got the rascal; and I saw the bag with the things at the side of the bedstead.

Q. Do you know the value of them? - A. Not exactly; I believe about 30l.

(The property was produced in Court, and deposed to by the witness.

Prisoner's defence. I have nothing to say, I beg for mercy.

Q. Was this Mrs. Rowe's house? - A. Yes.

GUILTY . Death . (Aged 18.)

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice LAWRENCE.