Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 26 November 2022), July 1830, trial of THOMAS RICHARDSON (t18300708-147).

THOMAS RICHARDSON, Theft > stealing from master, 8th July 1830.

1406. THOMAS RICHARDSON was indicted for stealing, on the 1st of June , 7 pieces of woollen cloth, containing 16 yards, value 13l.; 2 yards of silk, value 6s.; 1 coat-body, value 10s., and the materials for 1 pair of trousers, value 4s., the goods of Thomas Wilcox , his master .

THOMAS WILCOX . I am a tailor , and live in Bedford-street, Bedford-row . The prisoner was my journeyman , and had been so for five weeks. On the 1st of June, I found him sitting on a board under which was a piece of cloth, which certainly should not have been there - I then sent for an officer, and missed the articles stated; the next day some of it was found at the pawnbroker's, and some at his lodging.

WILLIAM BAKER ASHTON. I searched the prisoner's lodging, in a court near Tottenham-court-road; I found this piece of silk, this cloth, these materials for a pair of trousers, this body of a coat, and these duplicates.

JOHN BRICKELL. I am a pawnbroker. I have four remnants of cloth, and some kerseymere, pawned by the prisoner, on the 31st of May - I gave him this duplicate.

JOHN HUGHES. I am a pawnbroker. I have two yards of black cloth, pawned by the prisoner - I gave this duplicate.

JOSIAH PEARCE. I am a pawnbroker. I have three yards of black cloth pawned with me - I do not know by whom; I gave the person this duplicate.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. He found a piece of cloth in the rags, which I knew nothing of - I brought part of these things from Portsmouth.

GUILTY . Aged 20. - Transported for Fourteen Years .