Elizabeth Cook, Theft > theft from a specified place, 16th January 1729.

Reference Number: t17290116-31
Offence: Theft > theft from a specified place
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

Elizabeth Cook , of the Parish of St. Laurence , was indicted for feloniously stealing 10 Guineas, 5 Pieces of Silver, 2 foreign Pieces of Silver, and a Holland Shirt, on the 22d of December last, the Property of John Oldfield , Doctor of Physick , in the dwelling House of Mr. Joseph Porter .

Dr. Oldfield depos'd, That in October last, he put forty Guineas in a Drawer of his Scrutore; that he set down the Sum, and a Month after miss'd 15 Guineas, and after that more. That he being inform'd the Prisoner lay in his House by the Connivance of his Servants, on the 20th of December, he mark'd the Money which was left in the Scrutore, and in the Night heard somebody come into his Chamber, when he was in Bed. That he took no Notice (though she shuffled about his Bed Side) till she was gone down, when he went to the Scrutore, and found two Guineas was taken out of the Drawer, and one was taken out of his Breeches, which lay by his Bedside. That he went down into the Kitchen, and found the Prisoner there, without her Shoes; that he charging her with it, after some Hesitation, she confess'd, and gave him the three Guineas, two of which being taken out of the Scrutore, were mark'd. That she likewise brought out two half Crowns, and two foreign Pieces of Silver, which she likewise stole from him; and at length she confess'd her taking seven Guineas out of the same Scrutore, three Weeks before, a Shirt was also found upon her of Dr. Oldfield's, and several other Things were lost out of the House, and suppos'd to be taken by her, though not mentioned in the Indictment.

Mr. Porter depos'd, That he was present when she made Confession to Dr. Oldfield, and saw the two mark'd Guineas, mark'd as Dr. Oldfield had describ'd them. She said in her Defence, That she was not Guilty of all that was said to her Charge, yet she confess'd she was Guilty in Part, the Jury found her Guilty of the Indictment. Death .


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