Mary Taylor.
1st May 1728
Reference Numbert17280501-25

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Mary Taylor , alias Davis , of St. Dunstan's in the West , was indicted for feloniously stealing 12 Moidores, and five Shillings in Silver, from the Person of Jacob Hawthorn on the 29th of April last.

Jacob Hawthorn depos'd, That on the 29th of April about Ten at Night, the Prisoner asked him to give her a Pint of Beer, which he consenting too, she carried him to the George near White-Fryers Dock , and that going up Stairs, she would have him call for a Winchester, (or Quart) that presently there came up 3 or 4 Women, and that the Prisoner then lock'd the Door and put the Key in her Pocket, and that falling upon him without any Provocation, she beat out one of his Teeth, and loosened another, so that it has hung by Geometry ever since, that she slung him down and fell upon him, and said she would cut his Throat if he resisted her; and that then she took the Money from out of his Pocket, which was the Sum mentioned in the Indictment, and that he endeavouring to get away, she flung her Petticoats over his Head, and almost smothered him; that he down'd upon his Knees, and said, If you love a Man let me alone and I'll give you Half a Guinea a-piece, tho' none of them offered any Violence to him but the Prisoner.

Francis Taylor the Constable depos'd, That he went with the Prosecutor to the Place where he said he was robb'd, and that finding the Prisoner in Bed there, he was positive she was the Person, that he some Time afterwards asking her who were her Confederates, she said, one Mary King ; that when he first apprehended her in her own Room, A Knife lay upon the Table, which Knife the Prosecutor said, was the same which she offered to cut his Throat with, and that she then said she had no Money, but afterwards she chang'd a Guinea.

Obediah Parker depos'd, He was the Watchman who went with the Prosecutor to find the House, and that the Prosecutor told him he had taken a Candlestick out of the Room and hid it under the Bench at the Door, that he might not be mistaken in the House, and that they found a Candlestick under the Bench accordingly. At which Words the Prisoner call'd out, And ought not the old Rogue to be Prosecuted for stealing my Candlestick.

Thomas Dykes depos'd, That he heard her confess the Fact before the Constable. She having nothing to say in her Defence but the common Excuses of the Women of the Town, the Jury found her Guilty . Death .

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