Western Times

Gipsy Impudence

Saturday, 18th May 1850

Three gipsies, John Stanley, Matthew Stanley, and James Cooper were taken before J. Belfield, Esq., magistrate, at Paignton, on Thursday morning last, by Parnell, the constable, charged by Mr. Evans, the surveyor of the turnpike roads, with encamping on the side of the Old Dartmouth Road.

They were fined £1 14s, which they immediately paid, and on laying down the money, the elder Stanley, who is a noted hand at horse dealing in these parts, not willing to lose an opportunity, asked the magistrate if they could not deal for a wind-broken horse, which Stanley said he knew the hon. magistrate had, observing that his terms, like the hon gentlemans, were cash down.

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  • James Cooper
  • John Stanley
  • Matthew Stanley