pound does not sound a lot of money but there were many working people
who did not earn a pound a week at the time and Cossa Perry was probably
a poor man put under temptation. Even so he was guilty and the court sentenced
him to one year in the County prison with hard
labour. This was probably breaking rocks with a sledghammer.
When he came out of prison he would have found it very difficult to get
employers to trust him and give him work. If he was unemployed he would
have had only the workhouse between
him and starvation.