Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 10 May 2021), August 1850, trial of THOMAS POTTER (t18500819-1440).

THOMAS POTTER, Theft > theft from a specified place, 19th August 1850.

1440. THOMAS POTTER , stealing 63lbs. weight of paper; the goods of Joseph Adams and others, on a wharf.

ROBERT LONEY . I am a labourer. On 12th July I saw the prisoner coming up Tower-hill with an empty sack, towards Irongate-wharf—in ten minutes or a quarter of an hour he came back with something in it on his back—I went up to him and found it was a bundle of paper—this is part of it(produced).

FRANK THOMAS . I am superintendent of Irongate-wharf. On 12th July, about seven in the evening, I saw a large quantity of paper there, the property of Joseph Adams and others—the bundles were all numbered—next morning I missed one bundle—the wrapper on this bundle was the same number as the bundle I missed.

GEORGE BRASSETT . I am employed at Irongate-wharf. I enter the number of papers in this book(produced)—I have here M. C. M. 507—that is the mark on one of the bundles on the wharf, the missing bundle, and also the mark on this wrapper.

FRANCIS WILLIAMS . (policeman, H. 113.) I took the prisoner with the paper, and asked where he got it—he said he did not know.

GUILTY . Aged 61.— Confined Four Months.