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Source: Bell's Weekly Messenger, No.1856, Sunday, October 30, 1831.

[Middlesex Sessions]

At the Middlesex sessions, on Monday, John Rossiter alias John Jones, a middle-aged man of shabby-genteel appearance, was indicted for having on the 17th of Sept. last, defrauded a poor elderly widow, named Sarah Sales, living at Stepney, of 5l. 7s. He represented himself as a gentleman who had recently come into possession of a considerable property by the death of an aunt, and believing his account to be true she gave him credit for board and lodging, and actually borrowed five guineas for him, on his stating that he should in a few days receive his dividends at the Bank; at the same time depositing with her a transfer ticket for 422l. as security. The prisoner then absconded; when the transfer ticket turned out to be valueless, and no doubt was entertained that he had filled up the blank himself for duping the poor widow. — Verdict, Guilty. — The prisoner was again indicted for having, on the 22d September, fraudulently obtained a suit of clothes value 7l. from Mr. J. Aylward, a tailor in Shadwell, under similar circumstances. — Guilty. — There were several other indictments against him for like offenses, but they were not entered into. He was recognised by the governor of the new prison as an old offender, and sentence to 7 years transportation.