Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 26 October 2021), December 1818, trial of JOHN ELLIS (t18181202-88).

JOHN ELLIS, Theft > grand larceny, 2nd December 1818.

85. JOHN ELLIS was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of November , two saws, value 7 s; one turnscrew, value 1 s.; one center-bit stock, value 12 s., the goods of John Adams ; one saw, value 3 s., the goods of Samuel Watkins ; one jacket, value 2 s., the goods John Skinner , and one jacket, value 1 s., the goods of Isaac Russell .

JOHN ADAMS . I am a carpenter . I was working at a house in Holborn, opposite Southampton-buildings . On the 25th of November, I left work at five o'clock, and left my tools there. I returned next morning, and missed them.

SAMUEL WATKINS . I am a carpenter . I also lost my tools from the building, and found them at the office.

ISAAC RUSSELL . I lost my jacket from the building.

MORRIS WELCH . I am a watchman. About three o'clock in the morning. I was near the building, and heard a man jump down, I looked round, and saw the prisoner standing against the board. He saw me, and ran away. I secured him, and found the articles stated in the indictment on him.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I was in great distress.

GUILTY . Aged 28.

Whipped and Discharged.

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.