Elizabeth Hewit, Theft > theft from a specified place, 24th April 1734.

Reference Number: t17340424-55
Offence: Theft > theft from a specified place
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

57. Elizabeth Hewit , alias Giles , was indicted for stealing 2 Gold Rings value 10 s. 14 Guineas and a half, and 3 l. 13 s. in Silver, the Goods and Money of Andrew Kirk , in his House , July 14 .

Andrew Kirk . The Prisoner was my Servant , on the 14th of July last she robb'd me while I was abroad at Work, and my Wife was gone to Market. The Rings and Money were lock'd in a Trunk in a little Closet. I saw them there but the Day before; for being to pay some Money, I had told it over. When my Wife return'd from Market, the Prisoner (whom she left to take care of the House) was gone away. This was on a Saturday; and an Alms-man afterwards told me, that he saw such a Creature at a House in Shoreditch. We went to the Place, and heard that she had taken a Coach or a Chaise to Kent on Wednesday; and we pursued, and took her on Thursday, at Badgers-hill in Kent - 'Tis on the other side of Green-hive - I found my 2 Rings upon her, and half a Guinea and 6 d. but the Rings are in the Justice's Hand.

Court. Why did you not bring her here sooner?

Kirk. She was sent to Maidstone-Jail, and there she lay-in - Here's her Confession taken in Writing before Justice Blechingden - It was read over to her twice, and she put her Mark to it voluntarily.

Then her Confession was read. She confest that being scouring at her Master's House, about 10 in the Morning, she took the Key of the Closet where the Victuals was, to get her Breakfast? but seeing the Trunk open, she took out the Money and Rings.

Valentine Pursel . I am one of Kirk's Dieters.

Court. Dieters?

Valentine Pursel. Kirk is a Taylor , and his Wife dresses Victuals for young Men, and so we diet with him - When I came from Work, Mrs. Kirk was wringing her Hands, and said, that she had been to Market, and had left her Money and Rings in a Trunk in the Closet, and had laid the Key on a Shelf hard by, and her Maid (the Prisoner) had found it; and she had robb'd her, and was run away - An old Man came, and said, He saw the Maid in Shoreditch. We went thither, and heard she was gone in a Chaise to Badgers-Mount - The Chaise-man told me where he had laid her down. The People of the House at Badgers-Mount deny'd her; but we happen'd to see her as she was making her Escape out of a Window. She produc'd the Rings, and own'd she took them out of the Prosecutor's Trunk - We were detain'd there from Thursday to Saturday, before we could get a Justice.

Prisoner. I leave it to the Mercy of the Court. I have suffer'd much, and been almost starved in Prison.

The Jury found her Guilty . Death .


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