Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 04 October 2023), January 1801, trial of PHILIP GOODENOUGH, alias PHILIP-GREEN GOODENOUGH (t18010114-8).

PHILIP GOODENOUGH, Theft > grand larceny, 14th January 1801.

102. PHILIP GOODENOUGH, alias PHILIP-GREEN GOODENOUGH , was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 14th of December , four bushels of wheat, value 30s . the property of Joseph Hoare .

Second Count. Laying it to be the property of George Watkins .

(The case was opened by Mr. Knowlys.)

GEORGE WATKINS sworn. - Examined by Mr. Knowlys. I am a barge-master : On the 14th of December the prisoner was in my service; he had in his barge on that day eighty-one quarters of wheat for Mr. Hoare.

Cross-examined by Mr. Alley. Q. The corn had never been in your possession? - A. No.

Q. Where was it received from? - A. Bridge-yard.

Mr. Knowlys. Q. The barge was your's? - A. Yes.

JAMES MARCHANT sworn. - Examined by Mr. Knowlys. I was in the employment of the prisoner, on board the barge; after we had got through Chertsey-bridge, the prisoner filled a spare sack from Mr. Hoare's sacks.

Q. Was there enough taken out to fill the spare sack? - A. Yes, out of different sacks; when we got to Southall , which is about five miles from Brentford; while the barge was in the canal, a man came, I do not know who it was, and the prisoner assisted him in carrying it off, that was on the 14th of December, and as soon as we got to Wendover, I gave Mr. Hoare information of it, and he was taken up.

Cross-examined by Mr. Alley. Q. Are you an apprentice to the prisoner? - A. No; I have been at work for him about five months.

Q. You do not know whether Southhall is in the county of Middlesex? - A. Yes, it is.

Q. What length of time had elapsed from the time the corn was stolen, and before you gave information of it, was it not three weeks? - A. No, it was a week afterwards; the barge came back to Whitefriars, and then I gave information to Mr. Watkins; I did not give information to Mr. Hoare.

Q. Then you were not correct when you said so just now? - A. No.

Q. Had you and the prisoner a quarrel after you came to town? - A. Yes; but we were very good friends after that.

Q. It was after that, that you gave the information? - A. Yes.

Q. How came you not to tell the gentleman in the country? - A. I had no business with the gentleman, I never saw him; I told my master as soon as I came to town.

Q. Who do you mean by your master? - A. Mr. Watkins.

Q. Was there any body else in the barge at the time? - A. Yes, there was a woman on board.

Q. Is that woman here? - A. No.

Q. Did you say any thing about a woman before the Magistrate? - A. No, I was not asked.

Mr. Knowlys. Q. This woman was the prisoner's friend and companion? - A. Yes.

Q. And therefore he knows where to find her? - A. Yes.

WILLIAM FUNDALL sworn. - Examined by Mr. Knowlys. I am servant to Mr. Hoare; a quantity of wheat came by the barge, we found a deficiency of six bushels, I measured twelve sacks.

Q. How many bushels does a sack hold? - A. Four.

Q. How many bushels were there when you measured them? - A. I cannot say.

JOSEPH HOARE sworn. - Examined by Mr. Knowlys. This wheat was consigned to me, I was in the mill when it arrived; I immediately observed a deficiency in several sacks; the quantity that should have come down, was eighty-one quarters; I then ordered my servants to measure it, there were only the twelve sacks measured, which appeared to be deficient, there were six bushels wanting.

Cross-examined by Mr. Alley. Q. Eighty-one quarters is about one hundred and sixty sacks? - A. Yes.

Q. Is not the deficiency of one sack sometimes made up in another? - A. No, never.

GUILTY , aged 25. - Transported for seven years .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Thompson.