Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 30 November 2022), October 1814, trial of WILLIAM BLACKHALL (t18141026-98).

WILLIAM BLACKHALL, Theft > grand larceny, 26th October 1814.

965. WILLIAM BLACKHALL was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 22nd of September , three leaves of deal, value 3 s , the property of Julias Mott .

WILLIAM COATES , I conduct the business of Julias Mott, timber merchant , No. 4, Kingsland-road, he has no partner. The prisoner was one of Mr. Motts customer s, and has been so two or three years, On the 22nd of September, or near thereabouts, the prisoner came to the yard about three o'clock in the afternoon, he went into the shed, where the deals were previously cut into widths for customers; he brought out several leaves of deal, which I observed was more than the quantity he usually purchased. He set them at the counting-house door, where we usually take the money; he then went into the shed again, where he remained some time; during which, I examined the leaves of deal he had brought up, which were divided into two parcels; I took the money and attended the gentleman; I asked him, what number of leaves of deal he wanted; he stated the number to be the larger portion, taking no notice of the smaller he had put of one side; he said, he wanted as many as the larger parcel contained; the larger parcel contained five or six leaves; the smaller parcel was three leaves. I made the entry in the Cash-book. I cannot tell the exact price. I think it must be seven shillings. I gave him the opportunity; he took both parcels. I saw him take them both.

COURT. Gentlemen of the jury, you cannot make a felony of this.

JURY. He might have come and paid for it the next morning.

NOT GUILTY .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.