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James Campbell

James Campbell, one of 170 convicts transported on the Lord Melville, 14 November 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Campbell
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Simple larceny
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Lord Melville
Departure date: 14th November, 1828
Arrival date: 6th May, 1829
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 169 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 522
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Ron Garbutt on 21st March, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 21 March 2020), December 1827, trial of JAMES CAMPBELL GEORGE LEWIS (t18271206-223).
JAMES CAMPBELL, GEORGE LEWIS, Theft > simple larceny, 6th December 1827.
224. JAMES CAMPBELL and GEORGE LEWIS were indicted for stealing, on the 15th of November , 1 packing-case, value 2s.; 77 reticules, value 27l.; 18 pairs of slippers, value 2l. 10s.; 36 pairs of shoes, value 6l. 14s.; 216 purses, value 7l. 4s.; 36 pairs of braces, value 6l. 19s.; 132 guard-chains, value 7l. 8s.; 6 pairs of ladies’ gatters, value 1l. 2s.; 87 pairs of bracelets, value 19l. 12s.; 69 crosses, value 4l.; 66 necklaces, value 3l.; 24 clogs, value 5l. 14s.; 36 gilt pearls, value 3l. 9s.; 8 combs, value 7l. 3s.;51 toy-boxes, value 12l. 2s.; 60 pairs of silk elastic bands, value 6l.; 18 hair-bands, value 4l. 6s.; 53 buckles, value 9l.; 3 crosses and 3 pairs of ear-rings, value 2l.; 3 pearl paper-knives, value 10s. 6d.; 18 pearl needle-cases, value 1l. 14s.; 6 pairs of scissors, value 9s. 9d.; 6 pearl wafer seals, value 17s.; 6 pearl cigar-tubes, value 16s. 6d.; 8 yard measures, value 21s.; 6 pearl thimbles, value 11s.; and 96 pairs of stone snaps, value 30l. 13s. , the goods of Otto Alexander Berens and Samuel Angel .

MR. CLARKSON conducted the prosecution.

OTTO ALEXANDER BERENS. I live at No. 21, St. Paul’s-church-yard, and am in partnership with Samuel Angel. I am a Frenchman; we keep a fancy French toy-ware-house . On the 14th of November Campbell came to my warehouse, and said he was going into the country, and wanted an assortment of fancy articles - he said he would pay me cash on delivery of the goods, and I must serve him as low as I could - he gave me this card - “Mr. Spillers, wine-merchant, Leicester-fields,” as where he lodged, and on the back of one of my cards he wrote, “Mr. Campbell, Swan with Two Necks, Lad-lane;” the goods were to be sent there the next day - I told him I would serve him as low as I could, and he said I should have the cash for them - he looked at a quantity of reticules, snaps, and other articles, and selected the articles stated in the indictment - I made him out this invoice, which he saw (the list of the articles stated in the invoice being compared with the indictment, correspond with the same, and amounted to 171l. 15s. 9d.) - I was to take them to the Swan with Two Necks the following day - and I did take them, at five o’clock in the evening, and found Campbell there - he said, “I am surprised that my friend is not come; he promised to be in this coffee-room by five o’clock - he is not come yet;” after waiting a quarter of an hour, there came a twopenny-post letter to him, upon reading which, he said, “This is my very good friend, who will give me 200l. at half-past seven o’clock, at Toms’ coffee-house;” I said.“Certainly this must be a very good friend.”

Q. Where were the goods at this time? A. In a packing-case in the coach-office - I had left it there - we were talking in the coffee-room - I had not seen Lewis then - Campbell desired me to meet him at half-past seven o’clock, at Toms’ coffee-house - he saw the case in the coach-office - he told the book-keeper, as he passed through the office, to keep him a place to go to Manchester on the day following - he went out, and so did I - I went to Toms’ coffee-house exactly at half-past seven, but he was not there; I waited till eight o’clock; my suspicions were then excited - I sent my partner to the book-keeper at the office; he returned, and I went myself to the Swan with Two Necks - my case was not there - I then went to look for him and my property; I sent for an officer, but went out myself before he came, and found my case in about an hour and half, at a house in a small street over Blackfriars’-bridge; the officer was then with me; I found both the prisoners there, very busy, unpacking my case - all my goods were strewed about - they were much surprised to see me, and were secured - I got all my goods again.

Cross-examined by MR. CHURCHILL. Q. At what time did Campbell come to you? A. At ten o’clock in the morning, and gave me these orders; I did not inquire for his lodgings - I had nothing to do with them, because I was to have my money on delivery of the goods - I left the goods in the coach-office.

Q. You delivered up the possession of it entirely? A. I left my case to receive the money - I found Campbell in the coffee-room; I went in there to be paid - I had left the case in the office - I said, “Take care of my case - I am to meet a gentleman here to pay me my money.”

Q. If he had paid you, you would have considered the property as sold? A. I should consider they were not sold, till I had my cash for them; we staid in the coffee-room a quarter of an hour, and had, I think, only a glass and a half of rum and water, as he had to wait for his friend.

Q. The letter was satisfactory to you, was it not? A. No; my best satisfaction would be to receive the money for my goods; I went in consequence of what he said, and of the letter, to Toms’ coffee-house to receive the cash.

Q. Did you give any directions to the book-keeper about your goods, when you left to go to Tom’s coffee-house? A. I said they should take care, and Campbell said, “Secure me a place to Manchester to-morrow;” the book-keeper said, “I will.”

COURT. Q. What did you say? A. I said, “He shall take care of my goods - by eight o’clock I shall be back again.”

MR. CHURCHILL. Q. Did Campbell give any direction about the case? A. He said, “I shall go to-morrow - keep me a place by the first coach.”

Q. Did not the book-keeper say the case was too large? A. I do not know - he said, “We will see what we can arrange;” I think he did say it was too large, but I do not know, for I went very fast through the office, and cannot say whether Campbell gave any directions about the case; something was said about the case - I said nothing about the size of it, nor whether it could go by the coach or not. When I first brought the case, the book-keeper said, perhaps it would be too large to go by the coach, and he thought he should be obliged to send it by the van (Campbell was then in the coffee-room) - I said, “I have nothing to do as to how you send it - I have to receive the money of the gentleman.” All I heard in the office, when Campbell was present, was, his desiring a place to be kept for him - I heard nothing else.

THOMAS FELLGATE . I am a book-keeper at the Swan with Two Necks, Lad-lane. On the day in question I saw Mr. Berens; he brought a large case to the office, about five o’clock, and in about half an hour I saw Campbell come through the office with Mr. Berens; Campbell said, “That is my case - I am going to Manchester to-morrow, by one of your coaches;” the prosecutor said, “I am going to meet him at half-past seven o’clock, at Toms’ coffee-house, to receive his cash.”

Q. Did the prisoner hear that? A. They were there both together; I went to Campbell, and just informed him I was afraid I should not be able to send that case by the coach; he said, “Do what you can for me - send it tomorrow;” they then both went out of the office. Campbell returned in a great hurry, in about a quarter of an hour, and stated that he had made other arrangements, and should send that case by waggon, and wished me to procure him a porter to take it away; I sent for Hull, who, took it, and went away with Campbell up the lane - Mr.Berens returned about eight o’clock - he wished to know what had become of the case; I told him it was gone. - When Campbell came for it, he asked if there was anything to pay, and said he would give me a sovereign if I wished it- I said No, as he was a passenger I would not take any thing; he still said he should go by one of the coaches tomorrow.

Cross-examined. Q. Had he paid for his place? A. No; he offered the sovereign as warehouse-room - it surprised me; I made a remark about it after he was gone. I took it for granted that it was his case - the prosecutor gave me no direction to stop it.

COURT. Q. Did he say any thing about the case? A. He only said he had brought the case - that he was to be paid for it at our coffee-house, and when he left to go to Toms’ he said, “Take care of it.”

MR. CHURCHILL. Q. And did not the prisoner say,“Take care of the case?” A. Yes, and I told him I was afraid it could not go; I did not know whether the goods were paid for or not.

EDWARD HULL . I am a ticket-porter. I was sent for on the 16th of November, to the Swan with Two Necks, to take a large packing-case - the prisoners were both there, standing near the case; Campbell asked if I would carry it- he said it was large and bulky, but not heavy, as it was only French toys; I lifted it, and said, “It is heavy - how far do you want it carried?” he said, over Blackfriars’-bridge - I do not know whether the book-keeper heard that - they were very busy; I said I would not attempt it, as the streets were very greasy; he then asked if I would carry it over London-bridge - I said No; he then asked if I would take it to a cart - I said the carts were off the stand, I did not know where to get one; Lewis said, “It is not far - come take it as far as you can;” I went with them up the lane, on to St. Ann’s-lane, and at the corner of that lane Campbell turned round, and asked if I had not had enough of it - I said I had; a lusty man came along, and I got him to help me down with it; I suppose it weighed a cwt. and three quarters. Campbell then asked me to go and get him a cart; I said there were no cart-stands about there, but we might see one passing by; one came by, which was going to the Old Bailey, and it was put into it; the two prisoners, the two carmen, and another man helped it in; the prisoners went in the cart with it. They paid me 1s. 6d., and I left.

Cross-examined. Q. Did the conversation in the coach-office pass in a whisper? A. No; I carried the case on my shoulder.

Prisoner LEWIS to MR. BERENS. Q. Were the goods concealed in the room, or were they not in the chest? A. They had opened it, and the things were all tumbled, but put into the box again - they were unpacking when we entered.

MR. CHURCHILL to THOMAS FELIGATE. Q. If Mr. Berens had come to you for the box, should you have given it to him? A. I should have requested some memorandum for it; I knew him before, by his coming to the office, but should not have given it to him without an indemnification, but I should to Campbell.

SAMUEL MAYNARD . I am a carman. On the 15th of November I was in Mr. Jones’ employ, and about half-past five o’clock I was in St. Ann’s-lane, with his cart; I saw Campbell; he asked if I would take a case over Blackfriars’-bridge; the porter asked me first, and then Campbell - there were two persons, but I did not notice Lewis; the person was near enough to hear what passed - I was going to the Old Bailey, and had only two chests, and agreed. Campbell and another person, who I did not notice, got into the cart with it. I went over Blackfriars’-bridge, by the Reverend Rowlands Hill’s chapel, past the Cobourg Theatre, and put it down at the corner of a street, facing an oil-shop - I do not know the name of the street. Campbell paid me.

JOSEPH TIDDER . I was with Maynard; the two prisoners both got into the cart; I am certain of Lewis, for he gave directions where to go: Campbell said, “Go to the bridge.” and when there, Lewis said they wished to go over.

Prisoner LEWIS. Q. Did not you say you did not know where Gibson-street was? A. No.

HENRY BOWKER . I am an officer of Surrey New-road. I went to No. 3, Thompson-street, Gibson-street, Waterloo-road, about three or four hundred yards past the Cobourg Theatre, about half-past ten o’clock; I went in and found the two prisoners and the prosecutor; he had got there before me; I found the packing-case full of goods - the top was off; the goods appeared irregular at the top, not as a tradesman would pack them. Campbell said he considered it his property; Lewis said nothing. I took Campbell into custody with the case; Lewis followed to the watch-house; Keyse was at the house: we found the prosecutor, the carmen, and the porter at the watch-house; Tidder recognised both the prisoners; and after they were locked up, I heard them in conversation together; one said he was not brought there for a paltry wipe - I think that was Lewis, but am not certain; the other said, “It would have been a good hundred for us;” Keyse searched them, and Campbell said, “I suppose you are hunting for letters - they tell tales, and I keep none about me.”

Cross-examined. Q. Did you take an inventory of the goods? A. No.

WILLIAM KEYSE . I am head constable of the watch. I was fetched to Thomas-street - I found the prisoners, and the case there; it was open, and one of the band-boxes, containing some of the articles, was out; we took the prisoners to the watch-house - Tidder identified them both, and they were locked up - I saw the invoice of the goods in Campbell’s hand, in Thomas-street - I asked him to let me look at it; he did so, and I have kept it ever since: here it is; when I asked Campbell, he said, “I suppose you are looking for letters - I do not keep such things about me, for they tell tales;” some observations were made by one of them, as far as I can recollect it: it was, that it was a good haul, and would have fetched a good hundred; the case has been in my possession ever since - I produce part of the goods - Mr. Berens gave me a card, with the name of Spiller on it - I went to the address, and found no such person lived there, but he had a kind of kitchen, as a cellar. Campbell did not live there.

MR. BERENS. The whole of these articles are mine, and were part of what were in the case; this is the invoice which I made out, and sent with them. I found out Hall, and got further information, by which means I found the property.

MR. CHURCHILL contended this was not a felony, but only an obtaining of the goods by false pretences.

CAMPBELL’s Defence. If I have committed myself in the purchase of these goods, I must bow to your decision; but I am in duty bound to say Lewis did not know what I had purchased, or any thing about them; he had been acquainted with me some time - I met him in Cheapside, and asked him to walk with me - in consequence of my not meeting some friends, and the parcel being large, I determined to take it and divide it, that I might send it next day. Mr. Berens was to see me next morning, and if I had paid him that evening, I should have paid him for some goods which I had not received, as I was to have a parcel from him in the morning, and as I had to meet him in the afternoon it would do: for if I called on my friend who was to lend me the 200l. he would have lent it; I have not seen that gentleman in Court - I was not informed till last night that I was to be tried this afternoon, and the person who was to have lent me the money may not be here - I only called to select a few goods - Mr. Berens pressed me to buy these - I should have called on him in the morning, and paid the money; my friend, who was to lend me the money, was here last night.


Judgment Respited .



Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 21 March 2020), February 1828 (o18280221-3).
Old Bailey Proceedings supplementary material, James Campbell, 21st February 1828.
The King against James Campbell , (see Second Session, page 101.) The Learned Judges unanimously decided, that the prosecutor had never legally parted with the possession of the goods, and that the conviction was good; - the prisoner received sentence of transportation for seven years .


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