June 18. 1816
I send you the Shorthand writers Note of Mr. Justice Abbott’s Charge the Grand Jury yesterday.
The first Indictment selected for Trial was one against [the] Prisoners for Burglary at the House of Rebecca Waddelow at Littleport, in which we made a complete case against all the Gang, but the last Witness unfortunately moved that he had a joint Property in the dwelling house (which was quite unexpected), and upon this Point arising the Case was withdrawn for the purpose of preferring a new Indictment, & the Prisoners were of course acquitted on that before the Court.
We have since tried two Indictments, the first before Mr. Justice Burrough against 7 Prisoners for breaking the House of J. Dewey at Littleport, of whom 5 were convicted, & the other two acquitted by Consent, the Evidence coming out with less force against them than was expected: the second before Mr. Chief Justice Christian against one who had before been convicted, & two others, for breaking Speechley’s House at Littleport. All 3 were [found] guilty
We shall fill up the day with other Littleport Cases, & tomorrow proceed with those at Ely.
I would have written yesterday, but I had nothing to say but what you have ere this heard more satisfactorily from Sir John Byng.
This letter can be found at HO 42/151.