Mary Smith.
20th July 1698
Reference Numbert16980720-11
VerdictNot Guilty

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Mary Smith of St. Brides , was Indicted for privately taking from John Pageter on the 24th of June , a Paper Book value 8 d. and 5 s. in Mony . The Prosecutor deposed, that having occasion to go into Salisbury-Court late at night, he met with a gang of Women, some of whom came before and some behind him, desiring him to go along with them; and at last coming close about him pickt the Book out of his Pocket, and getting rid of them, suddenly after miss'd it, on which he returned, and demanded the Book, which they told him he shou'd have again for a Crown piece; and going into an Ale-House with them, they instead of giving it back pickt his pocket of an old Crown-piece; upon which he seized the Prisoner, and acquainting the Watch, the House was searched, where the Book and Papers were thrown about; and the Prisoner being carry'd to the Watch-house, the Crown was sent thither by a young Girl. But it not appearing the Prisoner took either the Book or Mony, she was acquitted .


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