Mary Neale.
6th September 1738
Reference Numbert17380906-27
VerdictNot Guilty

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29. Mary Neale , was indicted for High Treason, in filing and diminishing 10 Pieces of Gold, called Guineas, against the Form of the Statute, &c .

The Evidence to fix the Fact upon the Prisoner was George Mason , who lived near Holy Well Mount, to whom the Prisoner was a hired Servant at 5 l. a Year. From his Testimony it appeared, that she used to edge the Guineas, after he had fil'd off what he thought proper. The Discovery was made by the Evidence's sending the Prisoner to Mr. Duck, a Watch Case Maker, with a Box of Gold Filing, ( seal'd up ) in Order to be melted down. Duck suspected the Gold, and acquainted the Officers of the Mint, who waited for the Prisoner's Return for her Gold, and so she was seized; but the Evidence not being satisfactory to the Jury, she was acquitted .

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