Offence: Theft > burglary
Punishment: Death > respited for pregnancy
Mary Taylor , of the Parish of Wilsdon , was indicted for Felony and Burglary, for breaking the House of Abel Sadler on the 23d of July last, about 12 in the Night, and taking thence 5 Pewter Dishes, val 12 s. 5 Pewter Plates, 2 Pewter Tankards, a Stuff Gown, with divers other Goods . The Prosecutor said that she came there the day before, and pretended to help his Wife to a Nurse-Child, but took her view where the weakest place in the House was; and accordingly the next night she came and broke in, and took the Goods, but being pursued, she was taken early in the Morning in a Field, with the Goods upon her, where she was sorting some of them in an old Apron, designing to hide part of them in a Hedge. The Prisoner denied the Fact, saying her Employment was to gather Physical Herbs for the Apothecaries , and so was out early that morning, and finding the Goods in the Field, she was looking upon them when the Prosecutor took her, and denied that she was ever in the House in all her life. But she being an Ill Person, and not having any Witnesses to her Reputation, the Jury found her guilty of the said Burglary.