Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 28 November 2021), July 1801, trial of ROBERT CROSS (t18010701-68).

ROBERT CROSS, Theft > grand larceny, 1st July 1801.

599. ROBERT CROSS was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 14th of July , three silver forks, value 3l. the property of Henry Buckley , Esq.

Second Count. Laying it to be the property of Thomas Hack .

THOMAS HACK sworn. - I am servant to Mr. Buckley, at South Lambeth Lawn ; the prisoner has been a servant, and is out of place; he called to see me on the 13th of July last, and I took him down into the pantry, and asked him to eat and drink; he came just before twelve, and stopped till a quarter before two; I shewed him to the door, and while I went down stairs to get my hat, he was gone; I was obliged to leave him in the pantry by himself three or four times when the bell rung: when he had been gone about half an hour, I found there were three silver forks, with four prongs, missing, the crest, an ox's head; I never saw him again till about a month ago, when I had him taken up; he said he had not got the forks, and never saw the forks; I asked him for the duplicates; he said he had no duplicates for forks, he had for clothes; he said he would give me those duplicates.

Q. When did you tell your master of it? - A. I have not told my master of it now, I replaced the forks.

Q. Are you sure no other person had been in the pantry? - A. Yes.

JOSEPH FELLOWS sworn. - I am a pawnbroker, in Prince's-street, Soho: On the 14th of July I bought three four-pronged forks, but I have no recollection of the man at all; there was no crest upon them, nor had any appearance of being defaced.

Q.(To Hack). Are you sure the forks were in the pantry before he came in? - A. I am.

Prisoner's defence. I called upon Thomas Hack , and he went to the cellar with me and the two maids; he took out several bottles of brandy and rum, and made us all drunk.

Q.(To Hack). Is that true? - A. No.


First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.