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The Newgate Calendar, Vol. 4 free pdf Excerpt from The Newgate Calendar, Vol. 4: Comprising Memoirs of the Most Notorious Characters Who Have Been Convicted of Outrages on the Laws of England Since the Commencement of the Eighteenth Century, With Occasional Anecdotes and Observations, Speeches, Confessions, and Last Exclamations of Su Such people are worse than the petty thief who more daringly robs- and pity 'tis that the law could not reach them as far as the punishment inflicted on Lumley. To check the severe and increasing losses arising from pot-stealing, which is nearly incredible, the publicans, who now form a respectable association in London, as Licensed Victuallers, brought a bill into parliament for the better protection of their property- but the Commons conceiving, perhaps, the complaint not to be of sufficient magnitude for the interference of the legislative body, threw out the bill- so that their remedy remains upon the law of indictments for petty larceny, which, from being troublesome and expensive, these meanest of thieves are but seldom prosecuted to conviction. The publicans attribute the opposition made to their bill to the pewterers- - what envy even in these grades of society! - and, by way of revenge, the former have entered into a resolution to manufacture their own pots! John Lumley was indicted at the Westminster sessions, 1810, for stealing a pewter pint pot, the property of the landlord of the Cart and Horse public house, Tocley Street: there was also another charge against him for a similar offence, namely, having in his possession a pot belonging to the landlord of the Black Lion- and a third for stealing two pewter pots, the property of the landlord of the Green Dragon, Bermondsey Street. It appeared in evidence that the prisoner was passing along Ratcliff Highway on Wednesday evening, when he was observed to drop a pot from under his coat, which a person near him instantly picked up- and perceiving it to belong to a public house, and a publican in the neighbourhood having recently lost several pots, the man followed the prisoner, secured him, and look him to the house in question- and, sending for a constable, they proceeded to search him, when no less than six pint pots were found concealed about his person, none of which, however, belonged to the landlord of the house where he then was, but to several public houses in the Borough, amongst which were the Black Lion and the Cart and Horse public houses in Tooley Street, and the Green Dragon, in Bermondsey Street. Upon discovering from what neighbourhood the pots came, the constable brought the prisoner to Union Hall, where the landlords of the above and other public houses attended, and swore to the pots being their property. The prisoner, when called on for his defence, said he was going from the Borough to Ratcliff Highway on business- and, having occasion to turn up a court near Loudon Bridge, he found the pots standing there: he picked them up, and it was his intention, on his return home from where he was going, to have returned them to their respective owners. The jury found him Guilty. The chairman observed that the offence of which the prisoner had been convicted was one of so great magnitude as to call for the severest punishment. It would scarcely be credited, but it had been ascertained, that the depredations of this sort committed on the property of publicans, in and around the metropolis, amounted to the enormous sumo one hundred thousand pounds per annum. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at

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Author : Andrew Knapp
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1331832357
EAN : 9781331832355
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 418 pages
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