Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 7.2, 19 February 2018), September 1798, trial of THOMAS HENRY WILTSHIRE, otherwise WILLIAM WALDEN (t17980912-17).

THOMAS HENRY WILTSHIRE, Theft > shoplifting, 12th September 1798.

482. THOMAS HENRY WILTSHIRE, otherwise WILLIAM WALDEN , was again indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 3d of May , two pair of silk hose, value 23s. 6d. the property of William Churton , privately in his shop .

WILLIAM CHURTON sworn. - I am a hosier , No. 91, Oxford-road : About one o'clock in the afternoon of 23d of May, the prisoner came to my shop, and desired to look at some silk stockings; I opened several papers, and after various objections, he desired me to put up a quantity,to be taken to his master, and he would call again; he said, his master lived at No.27, New Bond-street; observing that he had a very unpleasant manner about him, I told him, I would shew him no more, but wait upon his master; I suspected him, because he told me he was going to No. 200, and he went a a direct contrary way; I made up my mind that I was robbed, but could not ascertain of what. I went to No.27, New Bond-street, but no such person lived there. About a week after, I saw him pass the door, I pursued him, but he outrun me, and I lost him. Sometime after, Kennedy called upon me, and asked me, if such a man had been at my shop; I told him, yes. I went to a pawnbroker's, and found two pair of stockings of mine that had not been worn at all, with my private mark upon them.

Jury. Q. Did he ever buy any of you? - A. Never.

JAMES KENNEDY sworn. - When I took the prisoner in custody. I found these duplicates in his box. (producing them).

WILLIAM NORRIS sworn. - I am a pawnbroker:(Produces two pair of stockings); they were pledged with me, by the prisoner, on the 4th of May.

Churton. The private mark is regular, in my own hand writing.

GUILTY Death . (Aged 28.)

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury, before The LORD CHIEF BARON.