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William Spriggs, one of 136 convicts transported on the Prince of Orange, 02 October 1820
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life span was 51 years*
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Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 7 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 398
||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 22nd March, 2020 wrote:
Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 22 March 2020), December 1819, trial of WILLIAM SPRIGGS (t18191201-153).
WILLIAM SPRIGGS, Theft > grand larceny, 1st December 1819.
152. WILLIAM SPRIGGS was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of November , seven yards of linen, value 10 s.; one cap, value 3 d; one curtain, value 1 d.; one pair of stockings, value 2 d.; one pair of shoes, value 1 d., and one towel, value 2 d. , the goods of John Jones .
JOHN JONES. I am a waggoner . On the 17th of November, between two and three o’clock in the day, these things were stolen from a little box, which was fixed to my waggon, with other parcels in it, while my horses were eating at the George Inn, Hammersmith .
THOMAS SOUTHEN . I am hostler at the George Inn; the prisoner followed the waggon. He said he had a sack of flour in it - he came into the stable, and helped it to feed the horses; he kept hanging about the stable - he went to the tail of the waggon and looked in; I asked him what he wanted? but he made no answer. Soon after that he lifted up the lid of the box, took this parcel out, put it under his smock-frock, and ran down a lane. I followed him about a quarter of a mile - when I came nearly up to him he threw the bundle down. We caught him, and he said,
“Let me go, and I will go back with you.” He said if we did not loose him, he would soon do for us, and twenty such as us, and if he could get his hands at liberty he would do it - I gave him in charge. He said he hoped that it would transport him, as he was tired of the country.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
JOSEPH WHITTICKS . I saw Southen with the prisoner in custody. He said if we would loose him he would do for us, and that he wished to be transported.
Prisoner’s Defence. The man had nothing to do with taking me.
GUILTY . Aged 20.
Transported for Seven Years .
Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.
Convict Changes History
Ron Garbutt on 22nd March, 2020 made the following changes:
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