Forgery.—S. England, a well-dressed young man, was charged with uttering a forged cheque upon a banker for 345l. It was proved by Mr. Booth, clerk to Messrs. Hanburys, the bankers, that a cheque for 345l, dated Oct. 3, 1826, drawn in favour of Mr. William Wright, and purporting to be signed by Mr. Sewell, a hop merchant, in the Borough, and who kept an account at their house, was, on the 4th October, presented to be cashed. A 300l note, and forty-five sovereigns were paid to the person who presented the cheque. He had no recollection of the person to whom he paid the money, nor could he swear that the signature to the cheque was not Mr. Sewell's handwriting.
Mr. Shepherd, assistant to Mr. Hawley, jeweller, in the Strand, said, that on the evening of the 4th October, the prisoner came to Mr. Hawley's shop, and purchased a watch and appendages, which amounted to 44l. and he paid for it with sovereigns. When he pulled out his money, he observed, " I must take care of this large note." The witness inquired the amount of it, and the prisoner replied that it was a 300l. note, and that it was too much to carry about at night, and that he would be glad if witness would take care of it for him till the morning. Witness consented and took his address, " William Parker, Prince's-Place, Kennington." — Next morning the prisoner called for his note, and observed that he was going to see his father in Northumberland, and he selected a watch, chain, and seals, value about 35l., as a present to his sister, and requested the witness to deduct it from the note. — Witness asked the prisoner if he had any objection to accompany him to the Bank to get change, he answered, none, whatsoever. And away they went and got four 50l. notes, and one for 100l. The prisoner received the difference, after paying for his second purchase out of the 100l. note, and requested the witness to take care of the 50l. notes until he returned from the country.
Mr. Gates, the solicitor for the prosecution, said he could bring forward other evidence to prove, that the signature to the cheque was not in Mr. Sewell's hand-writing. The prisoner was therefore remanded.
It is understood the prisoner was formerly in Mr. Sewell's employ as clerk. On Saturday week, the prisoner presented himself at Messrs. Hanbury's, and gave himself up as the utterer ot the cheque, and he was immediately given into the custody of Mr. Cope, the City Marshall. He seemed quite calm, and remindfull of the awful punishment that almost uniformly awaits such offenders.
Source: The Age - 28th January 1827