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29th April 1837


We beg to caution the public against the impositions of a man of colour who has resided at Slough, and was known there by the name of "Augustus." This person obtained a livelihood by hawking combs, &c, about the country, and was, for a person in his station, in good repute. He first began to practise his deceptions by giving out that his brother was a slave in America, and he was exceedingly anxious to purchase his freedom. With the tales he related of his brother's situation, he induced some persons to raise a subscription, by which he got 15 to redeem his brother from slavery. He afterwards was recommended to a situation in Essex, but he had not been there long when he was discharged for misconduct, and shortly afterward she made his appearance again in the villages of Slough,Chalvey,Dorney, and Farnham, levying contributions by means of false pretences, in which he was successful to a considerable amount, stating that he had driven his master, to whom he had been recommended, to Maidenhead, and had on his return met with an accident to the gig. By this means he obtained 2 from a poor woman, promising to send it from London immediately, and various sums from other persons. His career was, however, soon stopped, for he attempted to practise a similar imposition upon a gentleman who had heard of his dismissal from the situation in Essex, and this induced him to decamp. In case he may, however, still be pursuing his deceptions in this part of the country, we caution the public to be on their guard.

Windsor Police - Monday

Elizabeth Maskell was charged with stealing two frocks, the property of Mr.White, of Spital.
Mrs. Hannah White, the wife of the prosecutor, stated, that about three months ago she employed the prisoner for two or three weeks as her servant, and when the prisoner left she (Mrs. White) had no suspicion that she had been robbed. She , however, subsequently discovered that two children's frocks had been taken from a box in the bed-room, two rings from a drawer, and some other articles. From information she had received, she went on Thursday to a Mrs. Graham, at Egham, from whom she learned that the frocks had been carried to that person from the prisoner's house for sale, and that they had been sold for three shillings each - one to a female named Graves, the other to a person who had since gone to Scotland. The frocks were worth at least 10s each.
Susannah Graham of Egham, widow, stated that the prisoner's mother brought the frocks to her to sell them, but she could not tell when they were brought. The mother said the frocks had been raffled by an officer's widow. Witness was to get what she could for them, but was not to receive, and did not receive, anything for herself for selling them. Witness got 3s each for them, and gave the money to the prisoner's mother. She had never sold anything before for that person. She did not see the prisoner at all respecting the frocks.
Mrs. White stated, in answer to a question by Mr. Tebbott, that she had never seen the prisoner's mother at her house. Elizabeth Graves, wife of James Graves, carrier, at Egham, stated she bought one of the frocks (which was produced). She only gave 3s for it, because she was not in want of such a thing, otherwise she thought it was worth considerably more. Witness understood that the prisoner had won that and the other frock at a raffle. The prisoner, in her defence, said that Mrs. White's son (now present), gave her the frocks, saying he had found them, and told her to say that she had won them in a raffle.
Mrs. White's son denied the prisoner's statement, and said he never knew his mother had such things in the house.
Mrs. White said she was confident her son did not know she had the frocks; they had been given to her by a lady, and she had had them for a long time; they had been kept in a box.
The prisoner said also that she took the frocks to her mother, and did not know what became of them until a month ago, when she understood her mother had taken them to Mrs. Graham for sale. The prisoner was remanded until Thursday, and orders were given to her mother in attendance.
Thursday - The above named prisoner , Elizabeth Maskell, underwent a re-examination, and was fully committed for trial. Her mother was bound over to appear at the Sessions.

Edward Rhodes, a private in the 1st battalion of Grenadier Guards, was charged with the following outrageous conduct: About twelve o'clock the preceding night, as Silver, a policeman, was on duty in George-street, the defendant and another soldier passed him, and asked him what business he had there, he advised them to go about their business, when the defendant struck him a blow in the face and grossly abused him. Silver sprung his rattle, and the defendant followed him to the top of George-street, kicking him, at the same time he drew his bayonet, but did not use it. At the top of the street they had a scuffle, during which assistance came and the defendant ran away, but was recognised the same night at the Castle guard, and placed in the guard room in custody. Silver lost his hat in the scuffle, but it has since been found , torn to pieces. The defendant was not very drunk.
Serjeant Ashworth, of the Grenadier Guards, who was in attendance, and who had brought the defendant into custody, stated, in answer to questions put to him by the Major and Mr. Blunt, that the defendant bore a good character in the regiment, excepting that at times he got in liquor. He was absent on the pervious night without leave, his punishment for which would be about four days drill, for being in George-street, which was a "prohibited" street, his punishment would be three weeks drill. The Magistrates requested the Serjeant to take the defendant back into custody, and to bring him before them again on Monday.

John Carter was charged with uttering counterfeit coin at three different shops, and when apprehended having three counterfeit shillings on his person, he was remanded.