A blot on their characters

Photo:How the shop might have looked

How the shop might have looked

Drawing by David Sawyers, North Laine resident

From the Brighton Gazette, January 1832

In January 1832 two boys named George Greenaway and Henry Mitchell were charged before Brighton magistrates with stealing three inkstands. A policeman stated that in Jubilee Street he was called by a broker, Henrietta Harman, who said the inkstands had been offered to her for sale. She thought they were stolen and directed the officer to where the boys lived.

They admitted the theft

He took them into custody and found that the inkstands had been stolen from Mrs Wolfe in Edward Street. But she refused to prosecute. The bench then decided that as both boys had admitted the theft they would be committed for trial at the quarter sessions.


[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 59, January/February 1986 and reprinted in No 205, July/August 2010]

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