Sampson Mordan Old Bailey appearances
Sampson Mordan made a few appearances as a witness at the old bailey. Below are some brief details of each case and a link to where full details of the court case can be seen including witness statements, verdicts and punishments.
Case of James Carr 1825
James Carr an 18 year old employee of Mordan and Riddle was indicted for stealing 2 ounces of silver on the 21st of February 1825. Sampson Mordan appeared and made a brief witness statement. His statement is below. The defendant was found guilty and was confined for two months
Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 7.0, 05 April 2014), April 1825, trial of JAMES CARR (t18250407-29).
SAMPSON MORDAN. I am in partnership with Gabriel Riddle - we are silversmiths, and pencil-case makers . - The prisoner was in our employ for about three weeks (Looking at some silver) this is in the same state as that we use, but I do not know that it is ours.
Full details of the case can be found here: James Carr Old Bailey case.
Case of William Hedges 1826
William Hedges a 15 year old errand boy employed by Mordan and Riddle was indicted for stealing 9 silver pencil cases on the 27th of May 1826. A very brief statement made by Sampson Mordan is shown below. The defendant was found guilty and was transported for 14 years.
Old Bailey Proceedings, June 1826, WILLIAM HEDGES (t18260622-146).
SAMPSON MORDAN. I am in partnership with Gabriel Riddle - we live in Castle-street, St. Luke's, and are silversmiths . The prisoner was our errand-boy . On the 27th of May I was not in town.
Full details of the case can be found here: William Hedges Old Bailey case.
Case of Thomas Cox Savoury 1833
Thomas Cox savoury was a silversmith and retailer, he was indicted for selling 6 silver spoons with a foreged leopards head mark. Sampson Mordan appeared as a character witness and his statement is shown below. The defendant was found not guilty.
Old Bailey Proceedings, October 1833, THOMAS COX SAVORY (t18331017-125).
SAMPSON MORDAN . I am a silversmith, and live in Castle-street, City-road. I have considerable transactions with silver articles; I have known Mr. Savory about ten years; six years in business for himself; he bears the character of a person of the strictest integrity - from my knowledge of him he would not for the sake of gain commit a fraud - I have found him strict in small matters, such as correcting errors made by our clerks - on looking at this plate with the naked eye I should not detect anything wrong here; I should say even looking at it with this magnifying glass it is almost impossible - the work is so battered it would have to be replaced in its original shape; the leopard's head is so stretched - I might take up a dozen articles coming from the hall, and there would be a visible difference - I should not be able to judge whether it is a genuine or forged impression - it is my business to manufacture the patent pencils; I employ about fifty men in the trade.
Full details of the case can be found here: Thomas Cox Savoury Old Bailey case.
Another Old Bailey case involving S. Mordan and Co
The case below took place after Sampson Mordan had died but it involved S. Mordan and Co, two employees gave statements.
Case of Ernest Pleasance 1886
Ernest Pleasance was a Jeweller, he was indiceted for unlawfully obtaining goods on credit within 4 months of his bankruptcy, some of those goods were from S. Mordan and Co. Two of the witness statements given were by Arthur Edward Pully (an S. Mordan and Co employee) and Harry Lambert Symons (a partner of S. Mordan and Co) The statements are shown below. The defendant was found guilty and given 2 months hard labour.
Old Bailey Proceedings, March 1886, ERNEST PLEASANCE (27) (t18860308-373).
ARTHUR EDWARD PULLEY . I am traveller to 8. Mordan and Co., pencil makers, City Road—on 15th October I received this letter. (Dated 5th October, from the defendant, asking for a small assortment by bearer of pencil cases, and stating that he had had the management of a small business at Ryde.) I called at 10, Exeter Terrace, saw the prisoner's assistant, and left with him six gold pencil cases and this approbation note, dated 6th October, 1885—these (produced) are four of the pencil cases I left, and these other two complete the six.
Cross-examined. I had out known the prisoner before—a man starting in business would have considerable expenses in his first year.
HARRY LAMBERT SYMONS . I am a partner in S. Mordan and Co.'s house—we have not been paid for these six pencils—I asked the defendant at the meeting of creditors on 6th November what he had done with them; he said he had sold one and pawned five—I attended again at the meeting of 2nd December, saw the pawn-tickets, and had the pencil cases in my hand—I asked the prisoner how he reconciled the fact of six being pawned, with his previous statement—he said that the sixth one pawned was a second-hand one—these six are all new—we have not been paid.
Cross-examined. He was pretty sharply cross-examined by the various creditors, and his answers were just as sharp as the questions—I decidedly suggest that he told some straightforward lies—other pencil cases were pawned besides ours—I only examined him as to ours—business was very bad last year.
Re-examined. We did not force the goods on him; they are worth 16l.
Full details of the case can be found here: Ernest Pleasance Old Bailey case.
Special thanks go to club member Colin Ellis for finding this information during his research and for bringing it to my attention. Thanks Colin