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George Heaven, one of 236 convicts transported on the Mangles, 08 December 1832
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life span was 51 years*
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Sentenced to Life
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 495 (248)
||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 8th July, 2020 wrote:
Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 08 July 2020), September 1832, trial of GEORGE HEAVEN (t18320906-159).
GEORGE HEAVEN, Royal Offences > coining offences, 6th September 1832.
Before Mr. Baron Bailey.
1884. GEORGE HEAVEN was indicted for feloniously forging a bill of exchange for the sum of 15l. 1s. 6d.,(setting it forth, dated the 2nd of May 1832, at three months after date, on John Smith , High-street, Maidstone, signed Whittaker and Co.) with intent to defraud John Lindsay .
SECOND COUNT, for uttering the same with a like intent.
THREE OTHER COUNTS, for forging an acceptance of the said bill, and uttering the same with a like intent.
MR. CRESWELL conducted the prosecution.
JOHN LINDSAY. I live in Earl-street west, Edgware-road , and am sub-collector of the parochial rates . The prisoner lodged with me - he did not pay his rent regurlarly; I applied for it several times - it was about 8l.; and on the 14th of June he gave me this bill to get discounted to pay my rent and give him the difference - I endorsed it, and got it discounted at Henry Hodson’s, in New Church-street - I paid 5s. for the discount, and paid the prisoner 7l. 2s. 6d.; on its becoming due, it was returned to me as dishonoured; I paid it - the prisoner had then removed to Mr. Clark’s, at Kilburn; he had remained five weeks with me after paying me the bill.
Prisoner. Q. What was the cause of my leaving? A. In consequence of his getting my son turned out of a situation, I gave him notice to leave - when he gave me the bill, I asked him if it was on Whitaker, of Ave Maria-lane; he said it was, and that he got it from them for work he had done for them.
GEORGE BYROM WHITAKER. I am one of the firm of Whitaker and Co., Ave Maria-lane. This bill was not drawn by me, or any member of our firm; the prisoner never worked for our house; but he worked for another house in a trade-book, in which our house holds a small share - we were not the managing persons; Mr. Collingwood, who is now dead, managed it - we have a correspondent named John Smith , at Maidstone, but never drew bills on him.
Prisoner. Q. Is the bill drawn in the way your firm sign? A. No, we never draw in the names Whitaker and Co.
JOHN SMITH . I am a bookseller, and live in Week-street, Maidstone. The acceptance to this bill is not my writing - I do not know whose it is, and have not the least suspicion; I formerly lived in High-street - I know no John Smith in High-street; there was Jacob Smith , a linen-draper, there - I do not know his hand-writing; I do not know the prisoner.
BALTIMORE CLUBB . I am clerk to Messrs. Luke and Wilkinson, solicitors. I caused the prisoner to be apprehended at Mr. Clark’s, Kilburn-wells; I am Lindsay’s brother-in-law - I took Jones, a Policeman, with me, on the 9th of August, about nine o’clock in the evening; he was not at home, but came in shortly after - we were waiting in the neighbourhood, and Mrs. Clark sent for us; I said,“Mr. Heaven, I am very sorry, but I am obliged to give you in charge of this Policeman, on a charge of uttering a forged bill of exchange” - he said nothing then; on our way to the station, I said it was an unlucky thing - he said he did not intend to defraud Mr. Lindsay, but he had hoped, by getting money for some work he had published, to have got sufficient to have taken up this bill: at the station he wished me to use my influence with my brother-in-law, not to prefer the charge, as he should then be discharged; I cannot tell his precise words.
WILLIAM JONES . I am a Policeman. I took the prisoner in charge at Kilburn, Middlesex.
Prisoner’s Defence. I feel myself in a most distressing situation - I never attempted or wished to wrong Mr. Lindsay in any way; I trust any favourable point in my case will be considered, also my having a wife and children; I have hitherto moved in a respectable situation in life - I declare I never used the name of Whitaker and Co., nor did the prosecutor ask me the question.
GUILTY of uttering . Aged 36.
Transported for Life .
Convict Changes History
Ron Garbutt on 8th July, 2020 made the following changes:
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