Hannah Robinson, Dorothy Middleton, Theft > burglary, 25th February 1741.

Reference Number: t17410225-36
Offence: Theft > burglary
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

45, 46. Hannah Robinson , and Dorothy Middleton , of St. Mary, Whitechapel , were indicted for breaking and entering the House of Thomas Reveley , about the Hour of two in the Night, and stealing ten Pewter Plates, a large Pewter Dish, a Pair of Brass Candlesticks, a Pair of Tongs, an Iron Poker, a Pair of Bellows, a Knife, a Heater, 4 Pair of Worsted Stockings, a Pair of Pattins, a Table Cloth, 4 Pewter Spoons, a Pewter Pan, an Apron, a Hat, a Copper Tea Kettle, a Copper Coffee Pot, a Stew Pan, a Pot-Lid, and 2 Silver Tea-Spoons, the Goods of Thomas Reveley , and a Hat and a Cambrick Cap , the Goods of Wm Macneal , Feb 18 .

Thomas Reveley . About three Weeks ago, I can't tell the Day, I made all my Doors fast, and went to Bed, and in the Morning when I got up, my House was broke open, and robb'd of the Things mentioned in the Indictment. Some Time afterwards the Prisoner Robinson brought me two Spoons, a Knife, and a Heater, and begged to be admitted an Evidence.

Ann Reynolds . I am 15 Years of Age, and if I speak any Thing but the Truth, my Soul will be damned to all Eternity. On Sunday Night about three Weeks ago, the two Prisoners and I

went to this old Man's House, and took with us a Co in a Tea Pot, by which we got a Light. Middleton broke a Board down, and unbolted two Bolts, and we went into the Shop. They carry'd me with them, because I cou'd get through a smaller Place than they: When we were got into the Shop, we filled a Bag with Iron, and sent Robinson Home with it. Than Middleton and I went backward, to get into the Kitchen; out the Window which looked into the Yard being shut, she forced it open with a Fork, and put me in, and I opened the Door to her. We took from thence ten Pewter Plates, and a great many other Things, and delivered them to Robinson, who carried Home as many of them as she could at a Time. When all these Things were carried away, and we were going Home, Middleton who had been the old M Lodger, ran up Stairs with a Knife in her Hand, and said, she would kill the old Man and his Wife, for she knew they had Money in a Corner Cupboard, and she certainly would have done it, if Robinson and I had not pulled her down Stairs.

Middleton. Did I ever propose killing Mr. Reveley?

Reynolds. Indeed you did; - I have said nothing out the Truth.

Mary Macneal . I lodge in Reveley's House; when the Prisoners were taken, my Cap was found hanging on a Line in this Middleton's Room, and my Hat was on one of their Heads, when they were before the Justice. The Prisoner Middleton lodged at Reveley's about two Years ago.

Elizabeth Robinson . I am the Prisoner's Sister, and never heard any Ill of her till she was unfortunately drawn in by bad Company.

Ann Truby . I always thought Robinson a very honest Girl.

Mary Matthews . I never knew her to be guilty of wronging any Body. Both Guilty , Death .


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