The Newgate Calendar - CHARLES WELLER

Convicted of Stealing Notes and Bills.

            THIS malefactor was paid to protect the property he stole, being guard of the Swansea mail-coach, out of a parcel sent by which he purloined notes and bills to the amount of two thousand three hundred pounds.

            In the month of October, 1813 the above parcel was forwarded from the bank of Newport, in Monmouthshire, to Down and Co. bankers, in London; and, for the better disguising its value, the property was put into a box, and the box packed in a coarse canvass bag, and directed to Mr. Fothergill, a relation of one of the partners in the bank.

            The box and bag arrived as directed, but without the property, and every exertion was made to detect the robber. In the course of his inquiries, Vickery, the Bow-Street officer, learned that some bank-notes had been concealed at a place called Totterdown Hill, near Bristol, by a woman named Hickman, with whose daughter the prisoner was particularly intimate, and who absconded soon after; but being apprehended, as was Weller also, she was admitted evidence against him. The notes were traced in various directions, some even to Paris.

            On Saturday, January the 14th, 1815, Weller was indicted for this robbery; and, the facts being proved, he was found Guilty; but, the offence not being capital, he was only sentenced to fourteen years' transportation. Many men have been hanged for a crime of much less magnitude.


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