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DAVID HARRIS, Theft > animal theft, 18th May 1885
355. DAVID HARRIS (24) , Stealing a gelding, set of harness, and a cab, of Samuel Gotts.
MARK EDWARD BLAKE (City Policeman 763). I was off duty, and in plain clothes, on 17th April, at 10.15 p.m., I saw the prisoner coming in and out of the Swan public-house—I watched him—he looked through the glass door—he jumped on the box of a hansom cab and drove away over London Bridge—I spoke to the cabman—I followed him over the bridge—he saw me running, and whipped his horse up—I got a lift in a spring-cart and overtook him in Southwark Street—I said, "What are you doing with this cab?"—he made no reply—I said, "I shall take you to the station and charge you with stealing it"—on the way he said, "He told me to take it home"—I said, "He had given you no leave to take it away."
SAMUEL GOTT . I am a cabdriver, No. 10,490—I live at 6, Cobden Street, St. George's Road, Camberwell—on 17th April I went into the Swan public-house, leaving my horse and cab outside; they are worth about £45.—Blake spoke to me; in consequence I went out, and found that my cab was gone—I gave the prisoner no leave to take it.
GUILTY .—He also PLEADED GUILTY* to a conviction of felony in October, 1880, at the Westminster Police-court.—
Eighteen Months' Hard Labour.
This quite possibly Samuel Gotts, though I’m not sure where he fits yet.
WILLIAM SMITH, coining offences, 25th October 1886
ABRAHAM JEWELL . I keep the Lord Hill public-house, North Wharf Road, Paddington—on 20th September, about 9.20 p.m., the prisoner came in there for half a pint of ale and put down a florin, which my wife passed to me directly—I found it was bad, and said to the prisoner "Where did you get it from?"—he said "I got it in change this morning," and then paid for the ale with a penny, A Mr. Gotts had just then come in; he keeps a public-house in Dale Grove, Paddington, and I went with him there and found the prisoner there—Gott's house is from 150 to 200 yards from mine.
JAMES GOTTS. I keep a beerhouse at 50, Dale Grove, Paddington—on 20th September, about 9.30 p.m., I was at the last witness's house, and went back in his company to my house, and saw the prisoner there…
GUILTY .— Eighteen Months' Hard Labour
There’s always the chance that Gott and Gotts are mistaken. As yet I have not identified a Carman called Samuel, but several Gottses were carmen. No clear Samuel Gott or Gotts in 1841 census.
I haven’t identified James yet, though there are several possibilities