Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 07 December 2021), February 1800, trial of JOHN WALKER (t18000219-34).

JOHN WALKER, Theft > grand larceny, 19th February 1800.

193. JOHN WALKER was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 29th of January , two pounds weight of indigo, value 5s. the property of Solomon Israel .

SOLOMON ISRAEL sworn. - I live in Coleman-street : About the 28th of January, I lost a considerable quantity of indigo; on the 29th of January, the prisoner was employed by my clerk, and I understood from my clerk, that he could tell me something about the robbery; I insisted upon his going to the Lord-Mayor's; when I came back, my clerk told me, he believed this man was himself the thief, for he thought he saw him put some indigo in his pocket that morning; he was searched by the City-Marshal, in my warehouses, at Dyer's-hall, and a quantity of indigo was found in different parts of his clothes.

THOMAS WELLS sworn. - I hired the prisoner on the 29th of January, to work in Mr. Israel's warehouses; I saw him put some indigo in his pocket; I sent to the Mansion-house for an officer, and he was searched; I was not present when he was searched; I can only swear to the indigo.

RICHARD HOLDSWORTH sworn. - On the 29th of January, the prosecutor, Mr. Israel, came to the mansion-house, and informed the Lord-Mayor,that he had got a man locked in his warehouse; who could give him some information concerning a considerable robbery that had taken place before; in consequence of which, I went to his warehouse, when I went in, I heard a paper thrown on the ground, and saw some indigo on the stairs; I took the prisoner into the warehouse, and in his hat found a small quantity of indigo, and in his pocket some more; the marshalman, who accompanied me, in his pantaloons, found a quantity in a linen bag; I took him to the Mansion-house, and he was committed.

Prisoner. Q. Did you take my hat off? - A. I believe I did.

JAMES HALL sworn. - I am a marshalman, (produces the indigo;) I saw this parcel taken from his hat; I searched his pocket, and in each pocket he had a quantity loose; in searching him farther I found this parcel under his trowsers, in his breeches.

Prosecutor. Here are samples of indigo, and my own hand-writing on the papers.

Q. What may be the value of it? - A. More than five shillings.

Prisoner's defence. I was ordered to sweep up the warehouse, and in sweeping I met with this indigo, I put it in my hat because I did not know where to put it, till my prosecutor came in, and when he came in, he charged me with stealing it.

The prisoner called his serjeant, who had known him nearly four years, and gave him a good character.

GUILTY . (Aged 27.)

Confined one month in Newgate, and delivered to his serjeant .

Tried by the London Jury, before Mr. RECORDER.