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Details for the convict William Clarke (1806)

Convict Name:William Clarke
Trial Place:Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Trial Date:24 April 1805
Sentence:14 years
Notes:aka Clark
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Ship:Fortune (1)
Arrival Year:1806
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On a winter's night in February 1805 an upstairs room at a lodging in Rotton Row, Old Street, near Hatton Garden, London, sitting beside a fireplace there sat a sturdy native of Lincolnshire one William Clark (then Clarke) 35 years old 5' 9 1/2" tall with dark or black hair & hazel eyes. Before William, a hawker of earthern ware, stood a constable & an aggrieved householder, fresh from an examination downstairs of certain pieces of earthernware & glassware. Escorted by a constable & aggrieved householder, William Clark left his fireplace & appeared at the office of a Hatton Garden magistrate, where he heard the charge: that he, William Clark, had knowingly received a quantity of earthernware & glassware, feloniously stolen from the aggrieved householder (valued at the trial at the Old Bailey) at 2 pounds 14 shillings & 6 pence.
24th April 1805 Old Bailey - The Gaol Delivery for the County of Middlesex 4th Session
Charles Sumpter & William Clarke were indicted, the former for feloniously stealing, on 28th of February, a set of glass cruets in a mahogany frame, value 8/-, a water pot value 1/-, a pair of salts value 3/-, 3 glass vinegar-cruets value 4/-, 2 glass mustard-pots value 2/3, 2 glass cruets value 2/3 a Japan bottle stand value 1/6, a pot & top value 2/6, a pan value 2/6, 38 earthern dishes value 8/-, an earthern jug value 4d, 3 milk basons value 8d, 38 dishes value 10/-, and 2 pint mugs value 4d, the property of John Few & the latter for receiving the same goods, knowing them to have been feloniously stolen.
ROBERT CRIB sworn: I live at No 228 Holborn, I am a carver & gilder.
On the 26th of February about 10 o'clock in the morning, I was at my door, & saw the prisoner Clark at the corner of Hand-Court, directly opposite my door. In consequence of information, I suspected he was waiting for the prisoner, Sumpter. I then went out, and walked as far as the George & Blue Boar, which is opposite to Mr. Fews, I had not been there more than 2 minutes before I saw the prisoner, Sumpter come out of Mr. Few's with a basket full of earthernware. I followed him till he came to the corner of Hand-Court & saw him give it to the prisoner Clark. They set it down on the ground, & one said to the other, No one will meddle with it. I then went up close to it & they both went into the Gin Shop together., the corner house, they afterwards came out & went up Hand-Court together, they then separated, Sumpter went towards Red Lion Street, & Clarke went on towards Gray's Inn, with the basket on his arm. I followed him to Clerkenwell & not findindg a constable at the Sessions house, I went back & saw no more of him nor the basket till I saw the basket at the office, which I believe to be the same. I acquainted Mr. Few when I came back & in consequence of that information he taxed Sumpter with it in my presence & then he confessed to have given this to Clarke.
JOHN FEW Sworn: In consequence of Mr. Cribb's information, and my believing Sumpter to be a very honest man indeed, I could hardly credit what he had informed me of. I charged him with it. I went down with Sumpter to the Hatton Garden office & the magistrate sent Hancock, the officer, with me to the prisoner Clarke's lodgings, in company with Sumpter. I there saw an immense quantity of earthernware, & I was pretty certain they were my property. These are them (produces the property). Amongst them there were 2 baking dishes with the shape of an hour glass at the bottom. On the 28th we charged the prisoner with it & we searched the prisoner Clarke's lodgings on the same day. I only selected a few of the articles in the indictment. I believe them all to be mine.
Crossed examined by Mr. Watson: QUESTION: Can you swear, independent of any circumstance whatever, that this dish in my hand is yours. You know other people in the trade have dishes so marked?. ANSWER: They may have. COURT Question (to the prosecutor) What trade did Clarke carry on?. ANSWER: He is a hawker in
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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/1, p.376

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