Is there more to this story?

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  1. mugwortismy cat

    mugwortismy cat Tenacious to the End!

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    looking at John Boucher, born c1801 Beaminster, Dorset, he was a sailcloth weaver married to Anna o/w Hannah Cox

    27 June 1837 saw him being imprisoned for a fortnight (with hard labour) for larceny; a second record said he stole part of a gate :eek:

    I can't imagine why anyone would steal part of a gate, what kind of gate, and how would it benefit him to have whatever part he stole? Is there any chance of a newspaper write up?
     
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    I can find no more details in the papers, other than the fact that John Boucher received a two week sentence. Apparently, there were more cases tried than had ever been tried before at that particular Quarter Sessions, so, I suppose they couldn’t report them all.

    As to why steal part of a gate. I had a similar thing where a chap stole 2 pieces of wood from his employer for the simple reason that he needed some firewood, and he was prosecuted by his ‘master’ :(
     
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    mugwortismy cat Tenacious to the End!

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    Thank you very much for checking :)

    I suppose that makes sense, and it is a lot simpler than the half-formed theories I had swirling around in my brain
     
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