Sheffield Independent April 11, 1876
Embezzlement by a Traveller
William Ford, of Conisbrough, collector and traveller for Messrs Samuel Meggitt & Sons, tillage merchants, Sheffield, was charged with embezzling £3 13s 6d, the money of his employers. Prisoner has been in the employ of the prosecutors for about six years.
A fortnight ago, from what Mr Meggitt heard, he was induced to follow the prisoner in his rounds, and ultimately he arranged to meet him at his house at Conisbrough on Friday week.
Prisoner then admitted he hadreceived various sums of money for which he had not accounted, and he gave Mr Meggitt the list of accounts amounting to over £70. In this was the sum prisoner was now charged with appropriating to his own use.
Further enquiries revealed that prisoner had received other sums and up to the present time his defalcations are found to amount to nearly £200.
Prisoner had also parted with a horse which had been lent to him by his master. He was committed to the sessions for trial.