HAD this offender possessed as many virtues as he claimed Christian names, we should not have to state his villainies in the 'Newgate Calendar.' We are at a loss which to estimate most, the extreme credulity of the prosecutor or the impudent frauds of Sandon.
In April, 1822, Edward Putland, who had been a timber and coal merchant, was committed to the King's Bench prison, being indebted to sundry creditors in the sum of five or six hundred pounds. In the same prison was kept, 'in durance vile,' Mr. Sandon, whose polite address and easy confidence procured him a speedy admission to the friendship of Mr. Putland, who, 'good easy man,' quickly unbosomed himself to his new acquaintance. Sandon affected the utmost kindness, and frequently conversed with Mr. Putland respecting the hardships of his confinement. Seeing him so desirous of being restored to his family, Sandon called him into his room, on the 13th of June, and said, that, commiserating his situation, he had applied, in his behalf, to a worthy friend named Green, who had such influence in the commercial world that he could get his, Putland's, business immediately settled for thirty pounds, and added, that he expected Green that very evening to call on him.
Mr. Putland expressed his surprise that Mr. Green could get his business settled for so trifling a sum.
'Aye,' replied Sandon, 'if it were as many thousands it would make no difference, so peculiar and extensive is his influence' Putland having no money, Sandon said his acceptance would do, and a bill of exchange was soon after drawn for the thirty pounds.
Under various pretences Sandon artfully contrived, from time to time, to defraud his credulous dupe of different sums of six pounds, nine pounds, fourteen pounds, and seventeen pounds, which were chiefly furnished by Mrs. Putland, who, anxious for her husband's discharge, put herself to the greatest distress to raise the money.
On the full disclosure of Sandon's villainy he was tried at the Surrey Sessions, and found guilty on the 29th of July, 1823. The chairman declared it the most atrocious fraud he had ever met with, and sentenced him to seven years' transportation.
Sandon was a man of education and polished address, but such was his propensity to wickedness, that he had been frequently tried for the most petty frauds, and had once stood in the pillory.