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John Wingate, Stealing Hempseed, 1817

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Again, we don't know who this is.  I wonder if he is the same John WINGATE who was accused of Highway Robbery the previous year?

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant

William LEE and John WINGATE were indicted for stealing, on the 29th December, one bag, value t6d.., and 12 quarts of hemp-seed, value 7s., the goods of John KEER.

John KEER.  I drive the St. Alban's waggon (sic).  On the 29th December I was going into the Windmill-yard, in St. John-street with the waggon,  and lost a bag of hemp-seed out of it.  In about five minutes I saw it in the hands of the constable.

THOMAS THOMPSON. I am an officer. On the 29th of December, about one o'clock in the forenoon, I saw the waggon go up the yard - the prisoners were in company together, following it - I was watching them.  The waggon turned up the yard, and the prisoners followed it up the gateway before I could get inside the yard.  They soon came running out - WINGATE had the bag in his apron.  I collared him, and told the other he had better stop, for I should soon have him again - I told another person to take him.  The bag contained hemp-seed.  I am sure they were in company.

THOMAS OKELL.  I am a lathrender, and live in St John-street, opposite the Windmill Inn.  I saw the prisoners coming out of the yard - WINGATE had the bag in his apron - I took LEE.

John BAGNELL.  I saw the prisoners following the waggon - I stopped WINGATE.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

WINGATE's Defence.  I picked it up.
LEE'S Defence.  I was on the other side of the way.

LEE -GUILTY.  Aged 20.

Transported for Seven Years

- Buckler, H.. The Whole Proceedings On the King’s Commission of the Peace Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol Delivery for the City of London, and also The Gaol Delivery For the County of Middlesex, Held at Justice Hall, in the Old Bailey; On Wednesday, 3rd of December, 1817, and following Days; Being the First Session in the Mayoralty of The Right Hon. Christopher Smith, Lord Mayor of the City of London. 'The Making of Modern Law: Trials, 1600-1926' .

Transportation to Australia

This looks like the same John WINGATE, found on the State Library of Queensland Convict Transportation Register website.:

Title: Wingate, John
Description: John Wingate, one of 230 convicts transported on the Isabella, April 1818
Sentence Details: Convicted at Middlesex Gaol Delivery for a term of 7 years on 14 January 1818.
Vessel: Isabella (Ship)
Date of Departure: April 1818
Place of Arrival: [New South Wales]



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