Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 30 September 2022), July 1829, trial of JAMES BIGGS CHARLES ROSE (t18290716-121).

JAMES BIGGS, CHARLES ROSE, Theft > stealing from master, Theft > receiving, 16th July 1829.

1495. JAMES BIGGS was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of June , 1 powder-flask, value 6s.; 1 shot-belt, value 1s.; 1 fishing-rod. value 7s.; 24 knives, value 1l., and 24 forks, value 10s., the goods of Ebenezer Benham , his master ; and CHARLES ROSE was indicted for feloniously receiving the same, well knowing them to have been stolen, against the Statute .

EBENEZER BENHAM . I am an ironmonger , and live at Uxbridge , in Middlesex. I have missed a variety of articles and money for a long time; Biggs had worked for me several years - I had turned him away on the Saturday previous to the 26th of June; Rose lived nearly opposite: one of the witnesses and Biggs had a quarrel in the Market-place, and the word 'Thief' occurred - the witness said,"I am not the thief;" this led to inquiry, and some articles were brought to me.

CHARLES BENHAM . I am shopman to the prosecutor. I went to where this powder-flask and shot-belt were, and got them; I know them to be my master's - they were new, but have been used by the person who bought them.

GEORGE DRINKWATER . I live with my sister, who keeps a public-house. I bought this shot-belt and powder-horn of Rose - I gave 3s. for the horn, and 2s. for the belt; it was a few months ago: he told me they had been used once, and the powder-horn was bruised - I know Biggs by sight.

BENJAMIN POWELL . I saw Drinkwater buy the shotbelt of Rose.

WILLIAM MASSER . I used to work for Mr. Benham -Biggs used to work in the shop; I saw him take two sets of knives and a tea-pot out of the shop, but I do not know that he took them off the premises - it was six or seven months ago; he likewise took a fishing-rod - I cannot say whether it was at the same time.

JOHN BIRCH . I am a tailor, and live at Uxbridge. Six or seven months ago I was in a public-house, and Biggs, who was there, said he had been to Ryslip, and had been raffling with six others for these knives and forks at 1s. a piece, and he had got them for 1s., - he offered them round, and I asked what he wanted for them - he said 5s., and I bought them; there are knives and forks of the same appearance sold about, at that price - I did not know he was in Mr. Benham's service, but as soon as I heard that Mr. Benham had been robbed, I went and asked if these were his - he said they were.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. How came you to go to Mr. Benham? A.Because Drinkwater said he bought this powder-horn and shot-belt, which were Mr. Benham's.

JOHN HOLLIS . I bought this dozen of knives and forks and this tea-pot of Biggs, six months ago, for 3s. 6d.(Property produced and sworn to.)

BIGGS - GUILTY . Aged 20.

Transported for Seven Years .