Offence: Theft > other
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85. (L.) Mary Fountain , spinster , was indicted for stealing three linen table cloths, eight napkins, three clouts, two pieces of cotton, two yards of lawn, one callico bed-gown. one cap, one pair of laced ruffles, one linen handkerchief, two yards of lace, one lawn apron, and five yards of dimmity, the property of Elizabeth Gibson , Widow ; one necklace and one lawn gown, the property of Elizabeth Fountain , spinster ; one silk and stuff gown, one pair of stays, one cloak, one sattin hat, one lawn apron, and one handkerchief , the property of Alexander Young , Jan. 9 . ++
Elizabeth Gibson . I keep a collar-maker's shop in Liquorpond-street . I had given the prisoner leave to be in my house about last Easter; but she had left it three months ago. One Saturday night last after I was gone to bed, my daughter and sister, who lay together, came down from their bed-room, and told me my drawers were stripped. I got up, and we got Richard Bennet and another person to search about, and in a garret the prisoner was found concealed under a bed, and the things mentioned in the indictment were bundled up in a table-cloth by her, which were taken out of the drawers. She said, there was a man with her, who had taken the things from their places, and had bundled them up. We searched all about, but could find no man in the House.
Elizabeth Fountain . I am daughter to Mrs. Gibson. I went to look for my night-cap, and found the drawers were stripped. My aunt Young was with me; we thought we heard a noise. We went to my mother, and then called in a neighbour or two [the rest as the former witness].
The prisoner in her defence said, It is all right.