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John BRADBURY, Esq

John BRADBURY, Esq[1, 2]

Male 1790 - 1866  (76 years)

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  • Name John BRADBURY  [3, 4, 5, 6
    Suffix Esq 
    Born 1790  Caverswall, , Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5, 6
    Christened 13 Oct 1790  Caverswall, , Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1815  London, , Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Co-owner of Bradbury,Greatorex & Co. 
    • Bradbury,Greatorex & Co. established London 1815

      Capital Value

      1868 0.023 Million Pounds (Value Abt 14.5 Million in 2004)
      1894 0.40 Million Pounds (Value Abt 29.5 Million in 2004)
      1899/1900 0.474 Million Pounds (Value Abt 33.2 Million in 2004)
      1910 0.477 Million Pounds (Value Abt 31.5 Million in 2004)

      * In terms of capital they were the 7th largest textile warehouse in London circa 1880
    Occupation 24 Aug 1816  London, , Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Co-owner of Bradbury,Greatorex & Co. 
    • J. Bradbury and J. Greatorex dissolve partnership with B.H. Teale (London Gazette)
    Occupation 2 Aug 1819  Aldermanbury, London, , Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Warehouseman 
    Residence 2 Aug 1819  Aldermanbury, London, , Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Occupation 1821  Cheapside, London , Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Co-owner of Bradbury,Greatorex & Co. 
    • In partnership with Jeremiah Greatorex and Benjamin Hardwick Seal (note that John's father in law's name was Benjamin HARDWICK)
    Occupation 2 Aug 1821  London, , Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Merchant 
    Residence 2 Aug 1821  London, , Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    39 King Street 
    Occupation 22 Jan 1823  London, , Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Merchant 
    Residence 22 Jan 1823  London, , Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    39 King Street 
    Occupation 7 Apr 1824  London, , Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Merchant 
    Residence 7 Apr 1824  London, , Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    39 King Street 
    Occupation 23 Aug 1826  London, , Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Warehouseman 
    Residence 23 Aug 1826  London, , Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Upper Clapton 
    Occupation 3 Apr 1829  London, , Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Co-owner of Bradbury,Greatorex & Co. 
    • J. Bradbury and J. Greatorex dissolve partnership with B.H. Teale (London Gazette) (2nd Time)

      Notice is herby given, that the Partnership heretorfore subsisting between us the undersigned, John Bradbury, Jeremiah Greatorex, and Benjamin Hardwick Teale, of Aldermanbury in the City of London, Warehousemen, was dissolved by mutual consent, on the 15th day of December, now last past, so far as concerns the said Benjamin Hardwick Teale: As witness our hands this 30th day of March 1829.
      John Bradbury
      J. Greatorex
      B. H. Teale.
    Occupation 1841  Chingford, , Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Merchant 
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    Residence 1841  Chingford, , Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Caroline Mount 
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    Occupation 1845  [10
    Merchant 
    • Also listed as such on Edward's 1864 marriage certificate
    Occupation 1851  Streatham, , Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Silk and Shawl Merchant 
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    1851 Census John BRADBURY Mary nee HARDWICK and Family.jpg
    Residence 1851  Streatham, , Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Bedford House 
    • 19th Century Developments at Balham «tab»

      Similar residential developments were extending the bounds of Balham where new roads were taking shape, notably Balham New Road, where the Loat family, who owned a local building firm, was putting up small cheap properties.

      From the early 1820s larger and more expensive types of property began appearing along Balham High Road south of Bedford Hill Road. Richardson Borradaile, a speculative builder constructed Bedford Hill House, a substantial property built on land previously part of Covey's Farm.

      At a later date Richardson Borradaile was to lie out the carriageway to Bedford Hill House as a thoroughfare in anticipation of future house building. However, this was slow to materialise, and it was not until the 1870s before the road saw any substantial building. On completion, in 1891, it was renamed as Bedford Hill.

      Large mansions such as Furzedown House, Streatham Lodge and Bedford Hill House had gradually replaced the old farming estates. Agricultural land not taken up for building or parkland was being used for market gardening or dairy farming. Produce from these concerns found ready markets in London as well as supplying local demands. Nevertheless, such was the loss of local farmland, by 1840 only 720 acres of arable land remained within the parish.

      http://www.ideal-homes.org.uk/lambeth/main/history-of-suburban-streatham-03.htm
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    Occupation 1851-1861  Aldermanbury, London, , Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Silk & Shawl Merchant / Warehouseman, Bradbury, Greatorex & Co. 
    • 1851 & 1861 Censuses

      London Commercial and General Directory for 1852 by F. W. Watkins:
      "Bradbury, Greatorex & Beall, warehousemen, 6 Aldermanbury and 4 Dyer's Court, Aldermanbury"

      There were several silk and woollen manufacturers and dealers in King Street, Cheapside, but not this company. They must have moved.
      There was also John Bradbury & Co, wool brokers, 17 Basinghall Street. May be different, or he may have had another company as well.
      The alphabetical directory also lists Jeremiah Greatorex and William Beall (both listed as of Bradbury, Greatorex and Beall) as warehousemen with the same Aldermanbury addresses.
      The 6 Aldermanbury address in the 1851 census has 37men described as (looks like) "Silk and woollen warehousemen" and 6 others, presumably servants.
    Occupation 1861  Streatham, , Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Silk and Shawl Merchant 
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    Residence 1861  Streatham, , Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Bedford House 
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    Residence 26 Feb 1863  Streatham, , Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Bedford House 
    Will 26 Feb 1863  London, , Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • Year of will is hard to make out, it is 186? but it looks to be 1863. This would be weeks after Augustus' death which would be a reasonable time to rewrite his will and would explain the great detail that goes into explaining the care for Augustus' widow.

      Hard to read all of it, but these are the points I've extracted:

      To Mary his wife, all pictures, prints, household goods, wines, liquors, provisions, chattel and effects whatsoever other than money and securities for money.

      For my son Edward, sons in law William Leaf and John Kinnersley Hooper the sum of thirty thousand pounds.

      Instructions for investment follow, instructing investment in government bonds/stocks from England, Wales, Great Britan, the East India Company, any Railway Company, Gas or Water Company in Great Britain that would pay a dividend. Mentions protection from liability.

      Mentions his partnerships in the warehouse business.

      Becomes hard to read again but there is a mention of Ellen Bradbury his sister?? (could be the wife and widow of Augustus) and something about payments of 20 pounds.

      He then goes on to mention something about properties and then gets into mentioning his two sons Edward and John, his two daughters Emma and Marion and the widow of his late son Augustus. This is the first indication that John might be alive but somehow largely excluded from the will. It goes on to talk about the income from investments and the widow Ellen and providing for her from those funds. Further mentions of Ellen comments about "one fifth" mortgages, securities etc. It then goes on to talk about the son(s) or daughter(s) of the late Augustus reaching the age of 21 or having married will do something with the "one fifth" that Ellen had. "Share and share alike" is used. (a couple of pages are devoted to the widow Ellen and her children).

      There is then further mention of his son John and the (remaining?) one fifth share that is clearly mentioned as his (this would make sense since there is a division by 5 and that would indicate that John was still alive). It is hard to read but after many readings it seems to refer to the fact that his son John may die in his lifetime and if that were to happen that "said share (1/5) of my estate shall be retained and applied for by" (the three executors). So it appears that John was not expected to survive and hence was not named as one of the executators and is included in this manor. It further makes comments about the widow of John "if she should survive" this could mean he was married or could be a provision in the event he was married as no widow is named. It goes on to talk about Augustus again and the fifth share seeming to indicate that the same rules apply if John were to have a widow.

      Then talks about if Edward were to die and leave a widow, much of the same here as to be expected.

      It gives further instructions to deal with if he is still a partner in the business or has retired near the end.
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    Residence 18 Dec 1866  Streatham, , Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Bedford House 
    Died 18 Dec 1866  Streatham, , Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 12
    • Bedford House
    Buried 24 Dec 1866  Lambeth, , Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    • Norwood Cemetery, Norwood Road, Lambeth
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    Probate 19 Jan 1867  London, , Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Principal Registry 
    • BRADBURY John Esq. Effects under 80,000 pounds.

      19 January. The Will of John Bradbury late of Aldermanbury in the City of London Warehouseman and of Bedford House Streatham in the County of Surrey Esquore deceased who died 18 dec 1866 at bedford House aforesaid was proved at the Principal Registry by the oaths of Edward Bradbury of 15 St. Bartholomew-road Uppder Holloway in the County of Middlesex Esquire the Son William Ladler Leaf of Old Change in the City aforesaid Merchant and John Kinnersley Hooper of Queenhithe in the City aforesaid Wine Merchant three of the Executors.
    _UID 3C799DD78F3E4809B3BB2530C29AC3C5EE7B 
    Person ID I644  Ryeland Family Tree
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2017 

    Father George BRADBURY,   b. 9 Oct 1759, Caverswall, , Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Dorothy BALL,   b. 27 Dec 1752, Caverswall, , Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 25 Nov 1789  Caverswall, , Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 14
    • On 25 NOV 1789 at Caverswall in county of STS Groom Geo. BRADBURY Status bachelor Occupation – Residence – in county of – Notes – Bride Dorothy BALL Status spinster Occupation – Residence – in county of – Notes – Banns or Licence licence General Notes – Source – [14]
    Family ID F173  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary HARDWICK,   b. Abt 1797, Leeds, , Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1872, Tooting, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Married 21 Apr 1818  Leeds, , Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • St Peter
    Children 
     1. George BRADBURY,   b. 7 Jul 1819, London, , Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 18 Dec 1866  (Age 47 years)
    +2. Edward BRADBURY, Esq,   b. 4 Jul 1821, London, , Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1874, Notting Hill, , Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
    +3. Augustus BRADBURY, Esq,   b. 15 Dec 1822, Clapton, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 1863, Brighton, , Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
    +4. Emma BRADBURY,   b. 4 Mar 1824, Clapton, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1911, Kensington, , Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     5. John BRADBURY,   b. 7 Feb 1825, Clapton, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 6 Apr 1874  (Age 49 years)
    +6. Marian BRADBURY,   b. 1826, Clapton, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1880, Fulham, , Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
    Last Modified 27 Nov 2014 
    Family ID F172  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1790 - Caverswall, , Staffordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 13 Oct 1790 - Caverswall, , Staffordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Co-owner of Bradbury,Greatorex & Co. - 1815 - London, , Greater London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Co-owner of Bradbury,Greatorex & Co. - 24 Aug 1816 - London, , Greater London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 Apr 1818 - Leeds, , Yorkshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Warehouseman - 2 Aug 1819 - Aldermanbury, London, , Greater London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 2 Aug 1819 - Aldermanbury, London, , Greater London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Co-owner of Bradbury,Greatorex & Co. - 1821 - Cheapside, London , Greater London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Merchant - 2 Aug 1821 - London, , Greater London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 39 King Street - 2 Aug 1821 - London, , Greater London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Merchant - 22 Jan 1823 - London, , Greater London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 39 King Street - 22 Jan 1823 - London, , Greater London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Merchant - 7 Apr 1824 - London, , Greater London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 39 King Street - 7 Apr 1824 - London, , Greater London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Warehouseman - 23 Aug 1826 - London, , Greater London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Upper Clapton - 23 Aug 1826 - London, , Greater London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Co-owner of Bradbury,Greatorex & Co. - 3 Apr 1829 - London, , Greater London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Merchant - 1841 - Chingford, , Essex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Caroline Mount - 1841 - Chingford, , Essex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Silk and Shawl Merchant - 1851 - Streatham, , Surrey, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Bedford House - 1851 - Streatham, , Surrey, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Silk & Shawl Merchant / Warehouseman, Bradbury, Greatorex & Co. - 1851-1861 - Aldermanbury, London, , Greater London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Silk and Shawl Merchant - 1861 - Streatham, , Surrey, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Bedford House - 1861 - Streatham, , Surrey, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Bedford House - 26 Feb 1863 - Streatham, , Surrey, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - 26 Feb 1863 - London, , Greater London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Bedford House - 18 Dec 1866 - Streatham, , Surrey, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 18 Dec 1866 - Streatham, , Surrey, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 24 Dec 1866 - Lambeth, , Surrey, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - Principal Registry - 19 Jan 1867 - London, , Greater London, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • «u»A short history of Bradbury Greatorex & Co. Ltd«/u» (Pam 16501) it is not possible to copy this for you due to copyright and conservation restrictions. The pamphlet is quite brief and the major events outlined are as follows:

      1815 John Bradbury & Jeremiah Greatorex, travellers for two Manchester warehouses, resign their jobs and move to London to found the firm. Mr Teale (Benjamin Hardwick TEALE) also becomes a partner.

      c.1820 Bradbury Greatorex & Teale start trading in King Street, Cheapside then move to larger premises at 6 Aldermanbury.

      1845 A fire breaks out in the premises resulting in the loss of property amounting to almost £300,000. Re-building and further expansion followed. The latter was assisted by the rapid expansion of the railways: 'soon their travellers were covering most of the UK'.

      1865 Death of John Bradbury. Jeremiah Greatorex dies 12 years later at the age of 90.

      1868 Bradbury, Greatorex become a Limited Company. The first chairman is Mr Humphreys.

      1877 Henry John Gardner becomes Chairman. He retires when aged 95 after serving in the office for 45 years.

      1892 Premises built after the 1845 fire are extended by the addition of 8 & 9 Aldermanbury. Five years later further development incorporates 2, 3, 4, 10 & 11 Aldermanbury, the whole of Fountain Court and much of Dyer's Court.

      1894 The company goes public and its shares are quoted on the London Stock Exchange.

      1904 An export division is opened with connections in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa,

      1914-1918 373 members of staff join the forces; 49 are killed or die of wounds.

      1930s General trade recession. The company retrenches and reduces staff numbers

      1939-1945 200 members of the staff of about 700 join the forces. All but 40 survive and re-join the company

      1960s The whole of the area in which the company is situated is acquired by the Corporation of London for the redevelopment of Guildhall and its environs. The company moves to a purpose designed warehouse in Aldersgate street

      1967 Bradbury Greatorex & Co Ltd becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Courtaulds Limited.

      Bradbury, Greatorex & Co. was purchased in the 1960's by Courtaulds Textiles PLC, in 2000 Courtaulds was taken over by Sara Lee (The US food and consumer products group)

      Bradbury, Greatorex & Co. imported and sold Silk, Shawls & Handkerchiefs amoung other things.

      Deaths Dec 1866 BRADBURY John 76 Wandsworth 1d 364

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      WILLIAM CAIRD, theft : simple grand larceny, 18th July, 1821.
      The Proceedings of the Old Bailey Ref: t18210718-52
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      Trial Summary:

      * Crime(s): theft : simple grand larceny,
      * Punishment Type: transportation,
      (Punishment details may be provided at the end of the trial.)
      * Verdict: Guilty,
      * Other trials on 18 Jul 1821
      * Name search for: WILLIAM CAIRD,
      * Crime Location: King-street, Cheapside

      Original Text:

      960. WILLIAM CAIRD was indicted for stealing, on the 20th June, one box, value 3 s.; fifty-five shawls, value 53 l. 17 s.; eleven pieces of handkerchiefs, value 15 l. 10 s.; twelve pieces of muslin, value 7 l., and two shirts, value 5 s. , the goods of Jeremiah Greatorex , John Bradbury , and Benjamin Hardwick Seal .

      MR. JEREMIAH GREATOREX . I am in partnership with John Bradbury and Benjamin Hardwick Seal , of King-street, Cheapside. On the 20th of June, about six o'clock in the evening, a box containing this property, was just delivered at our door from Glasgow. A person gave me information - I ran out up Cheapside, and in Bow-lane saw the prisoner with a box on his shoulder. I came up and seized him with it. I secured him - it was opened and contained the articles stated in the indictment. At the time I laid hold of him a person rushed against me, to knock me down, but I kept hold of him.

      WILLIAM SMITH . I am a constable. The prisoner was given in my charge.

      (Property produced and sworn to.)

      Prisoner's Defence. I had left a friend in Lad-lane; a gentleman stopped me at the top of King-street, and asked if I would carry a box for a shilling; I said I could not, as I was going over the water. He said he wanted it taken there, and would fetch it. In about five minutes he brought it, helped it on my shoulder, and told me to cross into Bow-lane.

      GUILTY . Aged 34.

      Transported for Seven Years .

      London Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

      HENRY UPTON, deception : fraud, 27th October, 1825.
      The Proceedings of the Old Bailey Ref: t18251027-206

      Trial Summary:

      * Crime(s): deception : fraud,
      * Punishment Type: imprisonment,
      (Punishment details may be provided at the end of the trial.)
      * Verdict: Guilty,
      * Other trials on 27 Oct 1825
      * Name search for: HENRY UPTON,
      * Crime Location: Aldermanbury

      Original Text:

      1804. HENRY UPTON was again indicted for a fraud .

      GEORGE DRAKE SEWELL . Mr. Cross was in town on the 22d of September, but he is not here to-day.

      JOHN PROCTOR . I took the prisoner into custody; he said he was sorry for what he had done, but did not say what it was. Mr. Jacombs charged him with obtaining goods under false pretences - he made no answer to that.

      FREDERICK CROKER . I am in the warehouse of John Bradbury , Jeremiah Greatorex , and John Teale , in Aldermanbury: I saw the prisoner in their warehouse on the 22d of September; he said he wanted some crimson silk shawls for Sewell and Cross, who are customers of theirs - I shewed him some; he selected two - I gave him an invoice, and he carried them away - I let him have them on his representation that he wanted them for Sewell and Cross.

      GEORGE DRAKE SEWELL re-examined. Q. Had you given the prisoner any orders to get these shawls? A. No.

      FREDERICK CROKER re-examined. Q. Did you state at Guildhall, what passed between the prisoner and you? A. Yes, I said to the Alderman, in the prisoner's presence, that he said he came from Sewell and Cross.

      JOHN PROCTOR. It was when I brought the prisoner from Guildhall, that he stated what I mentioned on the former trial.

      GUILTY .

      Confined Four Months .

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      CHARLES LEWIS, theft : embezzlement, 27th May, 1830.
      The Proceedings of the Old Bailey Ref: t18300527-14

      Trial Summary:

      * Crime(s): theft : embezzlement,
      * Punishment Type: transportation,
      (Punishment details may be provided at the end of the trial.)
      * Verdict: Guilty: pleaded guilty,
      * Other trials on 27 May 1830
      * Name search for: CHARLES LEWIS,

      Original Text:

      First London Jury - before Mr. Recorder.

      1047. CHARLES LEWIS was indicted for embezzling sums, amounting together to 216l. 4s. 6d., which he had received on account of John Bradbury and Jeremiah Greatorex , his employers, and that he had been previously convicted of felony ; to which he pleaded

      GUILTY . Aged 40. - Transported for Fourteen Years .

      Source: Bell's Weekly Messenger, No. 1781, Sunday, May 16, 1830.

      Police Intelligence.
      Guildhall.
      Extensive Embezzlement.

      On Tuesday, Charles Lewis, a middle-aged man, who had for some years been employed as a clerk by Messrs. Bradbury and Greatorex, of Aldermanbury, warehousemen, was brought before Mr Alderman Garratt, charged with embezzling various sums of money. The solicitor for the prosecution briefly stated the nature of the case, and called Mr Stevens, a linen-draper, in Newington-causeway, who proved that he paid the prisoner, as collecting clerk for the prosecutors, the sum of 100l. on the 26th of March.
      Mr. Griffin, a linen draper at Walworth, also proved the payment of 112l. 12s. to the prisoner, on the same day, being the general collecting day in the trade.
      Mr. Bradbury deposed, that the prisoner had not at all accounted for the money received from Mr. Stevens, and had paid in 10l. short of that received from Mr. Griffin.
      The solicitor asked whether both these sums were in the list of deficiencies which the prisoner has sent to him.
      Mr. Harmer, for the prisoner, said a complete case for trial had been made out, without referring to the prisoners admission. The fact was, that the prisoner had, upon being discharged at a short notice, furnished a list of sums which he had received, promising to pay them, or any others that might be found, at an early period.
      The solicitors said he had a month's warning.-
      " Well," said Mr. Harmer, "that is but a short time."
      The solicitor observed, that the prisoner had absented himself ten days after receiving the notice.-Mr. Harmer believed he had assigned a reason.-The prisoner said " Yes, he pleaded illness."-" And do not you know," said Mr. Harmer, "that he had a sudden death in his family, which would account for that illness? Did not one of his children die in an instant? It is a distressing case. He has five children still living, and his wife is pregnant. The poor man was found provided with the means of destroying himself."
      A person standing among the spectators here burst into tears, and said, he had offered the prosecutors 300l. on account, towards the deficiencies.-The solicitors replied, the sums embezzled amounted to almost twice as much.-Mr. Harmer said, now the facts had been laid before the Magistrate, there was no alternative but a committal. He could make no answer to the charge.

      Mr Alderman Garratt, after pausing for a moment, said, that however painful the duty might be, the case was so clear, that he must commit him for trial.-
      The prisoner, who seemed greatly distressed, was committed accordingly.

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