Ann James.
15th April 1724
Reference Numbert17240415-25
VerdictNot Guilty

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Ann James , of the Parish of St. Sepulchres was indicted for privately stealing a Watch, value 40 s. from the Person of William Pugh , the 4th of this Instant April . The Prosecutor depos'd, That he went in to drink at the Shed in

Smithfield, and the Prisoner came in there, and he drank to her, but the Landlord spoke to him not to drink to her any more; that he staid there about half an Hour, and going afterwards along Chick Lane , the Prisoner came to him, and spoke to him, but he told her that he did not know her; that she replied, that he drank to her in the Shed, and thank'd him for her Drink; and it being very dark, desired him to go a little Way with her, to set her on her way Home; and that he went along with her Home, she talking to him so fair and prettily, he could not forbear, but did go home with her; that as he was going near the Prisoner's House, a Watchman bid him take Care; so he laid his Hand upon his Watch, and was sure he had it when he went in with her, and neither felt nor saw any Thing there but her; that he staid there about half an Hour, the Prisoner being very willing he should stay, and then getting up to go away, the Candle fell out, and he could not find the Way to open the Door, and when he came out his Watch was gone. The Prisoner deny'd the Fact, or that the Prosecutor was at her House. The Jury acquitted her.

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