Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 26 November 2022), August 1841, trial of DAVID PHILLIPS (t18410823-1980).

DAVID PHILLIPS, Theft > stealing from master, 23rd August 1841.

1980. DAVID PHILLIPS was indicted for stealing, on the 5th of July, 28 pictures and frames, value 1l.; 2 combs, value 6d.; and 2 razors, value 1s.; the goods of Thomas Gray, his master.

THOMAS GRAY . I met the prisoner at Staines—I delivered twenty-four prints of this size, and four others, and the razors and combs, to the prisoner to sell, he was to meet me the same evening, at a public-house at Hounslow—he did not come, and on Sunday I went to Staines—I took him—he had these four prints on him—he had made away with the others—these now produced are some I gave him to sell.

Prisoner. You told me not to come back unless I brought goods or money. Witness. I told him to meet me in the evening—I never saw him again till I saw him in custody, on the Sunday morning.

WILLIAM BURTON . I bought these three pictures of the prisoner, on the 6th of July, for 1s. 6d.—I gave him the money for them.

Prisoner's Defence. I got into a cart, and broke five or six of them, and was not to come back till I sold the whole; he told me to get goods or money for them; he had no license for selling goods.

GUILTY. Aged 34.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury.— Confined Four Months.

(There was another indictment against the prisoner for embezzlement)