Susan Grimes, Theft > grand larceny, 7th April 1725.

Reference Number: t17250407-66
Offence: Theft > grand larceny
Verdict: Not Guilty

Susan Grimes , of S. Giles's in the Fields , was indicted for privately stealing a Watch val. 5 l. and 25 s. 6 d. in Money , the Goods and Money of James Fitzgerald , on the 25th of Feb . last.

James Fitzgerald depos'd to this Effect: On the 25th of February last, about 11 at Night, O' my Shoul, I wash got pretty drunk, and wash going very shoberly along the Old-Baily, and there I met the Preeshoner upon the Bar, as she wash going before me. I wash after asking her which Way she wash walking: And she made a Laugh upon my Faush, and told me to Newtoner's-Lane. Arrah Joy, (shaid I) you should always have Somebody with you, when you go sho far alone. She told me she would be after taking me with her, if I would give her any Thing. Arrah, my dear Shoul, (said I) you shall never fear but I will give you shome thing, if I have got nothing myself. Sho we went together; but not having any Deshign to be consherned with her, I paid her Landlady a Shilling for a Bed. For it ish my Way to make Love upon a Woman in the Street, and go home with her, whenshoever I intend to lie alone. But ash to the Preceshoner, she wash after making me shit upon the Bed with her, and sho tumble together; but I wash after shitting in the Chair, and then she was coming to shit in my Lap; but I would not let her, and sho she shit beside me; and then I wash hoping that she would be eashy; but for all that she would not let me shit at quiet, for she wash after being concerned with my Breeches, and got away my Watch whether I would or no; and I pulled, and she pulled; and sho for fear she should get it from me, I let go my Hold, and went for a Constable, and he carried her to the Watch House, where he took the Watch upon her. He found it in a Plaushe that my Modesty won't suffer me to name; for ash I am a living Chreestian, she had put into her ***.

The Constable depos'd, that he took the Watch from the Prisoner.

The Prisoner thus made her Defence: I met the Prosecutor under Newgate; he took hold of me, and asked where I was going? I told him to my Lodging in Charles-Street , and bid him go about his Business; but he would follow me home. My Landlady opened the Door, and then I desired him to leave me; but he catch'd hold of her Hand, and said he would come in and drink, for he was as well acquainted there as I was So he called for two or three Quatterns of Brandy, and having no Money to pay for it, he pawn'd his Watch to her for 5 s. He was so impudent, that we were both found to fall upon cut Knees to keep his Hands from

under our Petticoats. Then he would have gone up to Bed with me; which I refusing, he threatned to swear my Life away; for he said he was an Irishman, and could swear farther than ten Englishmen. Whereupon I call'd in a Watchman, and so we were both taken into Custody. It appearing upon the Prosecutor's Oath, that she took the Watch from him violently, and with his Knowledge; and she being indicted for stealing it privately, and without his Knowledge, the Jury acquitted her.


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