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Saturday 04 Sep 1802 - Local News
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 Saturday 04 Sep 1802   (p. 2, col. 5 – p. 3, col. 1)
On Saturday last, a singular and daring attempt was made to defraud a manufacturer in this city. A person of genteel appearance, who pretended he had just arrived in a post-chaise from Penrith, went to the warehouse of Mr. THOMPSON, and after examining a quantity of muslin, agreed for the purchase of several pieces, amounting in the whole to upwards of 28l. These, agreeably to order, were taken to the Bush inn, whither Mr. THOMPSON accompanied the stranger, for the purpose of receiving payment; but, after passing some little time in conversation, the impostor asked permission to shew the goods to his aunt, who, he said, was upstairs, and being a better judge of such articles than himself, he wished to take her opinion. This request was readily acceded to, and taking the goods under his arm, made, as it afterwards appeared, the best of his way out of the house, leaving his hat as a pledge for his return. He had not, however, been absent many minutes, till Mr. THOMPSON’s suspicions were awakened, and he began to make inquiry into the truth of the story he had been told, which he found to be altogether a fabrication. He then procured proper assistants, and set out in pursuit of the villain, whom he presently traced to a house in Abbey-street, where, it appeared, he had lodged for several weeks, during which time he had worked as a journeyman weaver. Here Mr. THOMPSON found his goods, but the offender made his escape.
We have much pleasure in noticing the increase of manufactories in this city, and also the improvements which are gradually taking place in buildings. Last week an extensive building, for the spinning of cotton, belonging to Dr. HEYSHAM and Co. was covered in; and Mr. John GIBBONS, mercer, has considerably improved the appearance at Rickergate, by the erection of two elegant front shops, with dwelling rooms above, opposite the shop he at present occupies, on a spot of ground which had for a long time been covered with a heap of ruins. They form a very striking object, and their neat appearance must attract the attention of all strangers entering our city from the north.
Thomas ROBERTS, for sheep-stealing, Wm. BAKER, for horse-stealing, and William JACKSON, for house-breaking, were executed at York, on Saturday last, pursuant to their sentences at the late assizes.—JACKSON was a native of Birmingham, and only in the 19th year of his age. On Friday afternoon he took an affectionate farewell of his mother and sister.—Though this unfortunate culprit shewed great audacity on his trial and condemnation, yet he happily became a penitent; and it is a consolation to add, they were all sensible of their awful situation.
W. JONES, left for execution with the above, is respited during his Majesty's pleasure.
†⸸† In the law report in our last, BROWN v. SEWELL, for Mr. Thomas HUDSON declared Mr. W. SOWERBY told him, &c. read Mr. SEWELL, &c.
Reproduced with kind permission of British Newspaper Archives