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Source: Bell's Weekly Messenger, No.1804, Sunday October 24, 1830.


[Chesterfield House, Mayfair]

On Thursday two men, who gave their names John Wilkins and James Brown, were brought to this office, charged with a most daring attempt to break into the Earl of Chesterfield's residence, Chesterfield House, Mayfair, between the hours of one and two o'clock that morning.
  It appears that his Lordship, for the better protection of his property, has a private watchman stationed in the grounds in the rear of his Lordship's mansion. The person so employed, at the above-mentioned, though that he perceived some one move amongst the shrubs, and, for the purpose of ascertaining the fact, laid himself on the ground, and distinctly heard some persons near him speaking in an undertone. He remained in the same position for a moment, when two men presented themselves; he challenged them as to what they wanted there, when they both instantly rushed upon him, threw him on the ground, and attempted with their united force, to strangle him. He cried out "Murder, murder!" with all his strength, when the villains attempted to stop his mouth, and in doing so lacerated his face in a dreadful manner. Their efforts, however, proved ineffectual in preventing him from continuing to give the alarm, the two men left him, and got over the wall which surrounds the grounds. In their retreat they left behind them a hat, a pair of shoes, a dark lantern, a crow-bar, and other housebreaking implements. Such is the substance of the evidence given by the watchman, who also holds the situation of under-gardener in Lord Chesterfield's establishment.
  Mr. Murray, a publican, whose house is immediately fronting the garden wall belonging to Chesterfield-house, secured the prisoner Wilkins, who had neither hat nor shoes on him.
  One of the new police, who was coming to the spot, hearing the alarm given, stopped the other prisoner.
  On the person of one of the prisoners was found a phosphorus-bag, matches, and picklock keys. They had and shoes were found to fit Wilkins, the prisoner, who was seen getting over the wall without either.
   The prisoners, being called on to say what they were, and where they resided, declined saying anything.
   They where remanded for re-examination.