Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 29 September 2022), February 1813, trial of WLLLIAM LEELAND (t18130217-28).

WLLLIAM LEELAND, Theft > grand larceny, 17th February 1813.

264. WLLLIAM LEELAND was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 27th of January , five silver table-spoons, value 1 l. three punch-ladles, value 19 s. a pair of breeches, value 5 s. and two waistcoats, value 01 s. the property of James Jasper .

JAMES JASPER . I am a publican . I keep the White Lion, Fleet-lane, in the parish of St. Sepulchre's . The prisoner's father and mother lodged in my house about two years, and he lodged with them. On the 27th or 28th of January, I missed the plate, spoons and different articles. I sent to the Mansion House, to Mr. Nalder, for him or one of his men to come and look after my property. Mr. Cartwright came. I told him what I had lost. I gave him a spoon, the same make as the others, with my name upon them.

Q. How many spoons did you lose - A. Five, and three silver punch-ladles, breeches, and all the different articles in the indictment. The breeches and waistcoat I lost on the 27th.

DANIEL CARTWRIGHT . Q. You are a marshalman. Yes. On the 28th, Mr. Jasper came to the Mansion House. Mr. Nalder being poorly, I went to Mr. Jasper's. He took me into his bed-room; he shewed me the cupboard from where he had lost the plate; he told me five spoons and three silver punch-ladles. He gave me this. I went to Mr. Baxter's, Snow-hill, and there I found five spoons and three punch-ladles, pledged.

Q. Did you find any thing else there - A. Notthat day. I went the next day; I found one waistcoat at that time, and two pair of breeches. The other things were found afterwards. They are in the other indictment.

JAMES SPURLING . I am a servant to Mr. Baxter, Snow-hill. I produce the things that the prisoner pledged. The prisoner pawned those five spoons on the 23d of January. I asked him who he brought them from. He said, a Mr. Jones, a housekeeper in Fleet-lane; he was not his father; he lived in the same house with him, and Mr. Jones gave him these things to pledge. On the 27th, he pawned a punch-ladle for eight shillings.

Prosecutor. The spoons and ladles are mine.

Prisoner's Defence. I have nothing to say.

GUILTY, aged 18.

Judgment respited .

London jury, before Mr. Recorder.