The Proceedings of the Old Bailey
27th October, 1819
OLD BAILEY, 27 OCTOBER 1819.
ROBERT FOOT was indicted for stealing, on the 19th of October, 230 lbs.
of soap, value 7 l., the property of John Raymond and Mead
Raymond, in a lighter in the Port of London, the same being a
port of entry and discharge.
the same, only stating it to be the property of Thomas Hawes
and Benjamin Hawes.
RAYMOND. I am in partnership with John
Raymond; we are lightermen and wharfingers. The prisoner was in our employ. On
the 16th of October, between eleven and twelve o'clock in
the day, two men, named Joyce and Emmett, were employed to take
500 cases of soap in the Castlereagh lighter - the prisoner had
the care of the lighter while they were taking it in; he had
brought up a barge of tallow to Hawes's wharf before I left. I
left him in charge of the soap; they were to get it from the
wharf that day if the tide would serve, but it would not. I saw
the prisoner again between eight and nine o'clock in the evening,
in my counting-house, in Clink-street, Bankside. I then paid
him his wages, and gave him a document. I told him to take charge
of the lighter, and go the next day to the West India Docks. I
told him Emmett and Callaghan would assist him. I ordered the
prisoner to go into the Docks, and not quit the lighter, day
or night, to make the delivery good, and bring the receipt to me.
Callaghan was to keep charge until Monday morning, the 18th.
see the 500 cases put on board the barge - A. No, I saw
twenty-nine put on board - they were all brought there;
each parcel was made up in boxes, and tape tied round them, and
sealed with the Excise seal. Each case contained 56 lbs,
by MR. ANDREWS. Q. The prisoner was to conduct the lighter from
where she received her cargo, till he delivered the goods -
A. Yes, he took charge of her at two o'clock in the morning;
till that time Mr. Hawes's watchman had the care of her. He was
to deliver the cargo on board the New Felix, at the West India
CHESTERMAN. I am a labourer to Messrs. Thomas and Benjamin
Hawes. I remember 500 cases of soap being put into the lighter -
I lowered them all into the lighter myself; they were all
perfect and unbroken. One might have had the top broken off.
The prisoner was present at the latter part of the delivery -
he assisted in taking them in.
CALLAGHAN. I am a labourer to Messrs. J. and M. Raymond.
About half-past two o'clock in the morning, I took charge of
the lighter with the prisoner and Emmett - we went together -
it was dark. We got to the Docks gate between four and five
o'clock in the morning, it was Sunday; we made her fast there,
and about six o'clock the prisoner and Emmett went away together,
and left me on board. My master had ordered me to come home
at daylight on Monday morning. Foot had promised to come at
twelve o'clock to take her into the Docks - he did not, and
I conveyed her into the Docks, made her fast, and stopped
there till Monday morning, then locked the cabin, and went home.
I left nobody with her. I took the key of the hatches to
Mr. Raymond's clerk.
NOTES: The defendant Robert Foot, who was found not guilty,
was apprenticed to John and Mead Raymond as a lighterman on
22 Dec 1814 at Bankside and completed his apprenticeship on
4 Apr 1822 (source - Company of Watermen and Lightermen
Apprenticeship Bindings Index).