William Simpson

Life archive ID obpt18101031-20-defend284
Born 1790. Gender male. Occupation Letter carrier. Has tattoo no. First recorded 1810.
31st October 1810
Age 20. Occupation Letter carrier.
Tried at Old Bailey, London. Accused of mail theft (he, being a person employed at the general post office, in sorting letters and packets sent by the post to the general post office in London, that on the 20th of august, at and in the said general post office, a certain letter then had been sent by the post from stamford, directed to james nowland and son, and then containing therein five promissory notes each made for the payment of twenty pounds, came to his hand and possession, that he afterwards on the same day, then and there having the said letter in his possession, feloniously did secrete the said letter, containing the said promissory notes, each of them being the property of octavius gillchrist). Found guilty with recommendation. Sentenced to death. Sentence outcome was transported.
Sentence respited
21st February 1811
Age 21.
Sentenced to twenty one years. Sent to New South Wales.