Margaret Wallis.
28th February 1728
Reference Numbert17280228-50

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Margaret Wallis , alias Staining , was indicted for breaking the House of Henry Clark , of Islington , on the 3d of Feb . last in the Night-Time, and taking thence 12 Pewter Plates a Napkin, 5 Handkerchiefs, 4 Aprons, a black, and a white Silk Hood, a Mo 3 Holland Shirts, 2 Pair of Stockings, a Top-knot, a Wrapper, 2 Gowns, 6 Holland Shifts, a Petticoat, a Fan, a Pair of Lace Ruffles, and a Remnant of Brocaded Silk .

The Prosecutor depos'd, That on the Morning after his House was broke open, he was call'd up by the Watch, who told him he need not be frighten'd, for both his Goods and the Thief were in Custody; that he went with the Watchman, and found the Prisoner and his Goods, which he knew to be the same mentioned in the Indictment, and that carrying the Prisoner to the Compter, she confess'd she got into the House in the Morning, and conceal'd herself till the dead of the Night, then took the Goods, and opening the Door, she went out.

Mrs. Clark likewise swore to the Goods, which were produc'd in Court.

Elizabeth Brown , the Prosecutor's Servant depos'd, That she Bolted and Barr'd the Door the Night before this Robbery was committed.

Thomas Pink , Watchman, depos'd, That on Sunday the 3d of Feb. about 2 or 3 in the Morning, he heard a Noise of Pewter, and seeing the Prisoner, he carried her to the Watch-house, where they found the Goods upon her mentioned in the Indictment, that she said they were her own, but the Name on the Pewter not agreeing with her's, the Constable detain'd her till the Prosecutor detected her.

John Ruffian , the Constable, confirm'd the Deposition of the Watchman, and the Fact appearing undeniably plain, the Jury found her guilty . Death .

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