Jane Wood.
9th September 1742
Reference Numbert17420909-38
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation
SentenceDeath

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103. Jane Wood was indicted for stealing 13 Guineas, and 7 Shillings in Money, in the Dwelling-house of Samuel Windsor , and his Property, September the 4th .

Samuel Windsor . I lost a Sum of Money out of my Drawer last Saturday in the Afternoon; about 10 Guineas, how much more I cannot say: The Money was in a Drawer, in the one Pair of Stairs Room

backward. I did not miss it till five o'Clock on Monday Morning. I live at the George in Broad St Giles's : The Prisoner used to come to my House to play with a Child of mine; there was no Body up Stairs that Day but that Girl; and she owned to the Constable, in my Presence, that she took eight Guineas and some Silver out of my Drawer, on Saturday in the Afternoon, and that she took five Guineas from me two or three Months before; which Money I missed, but did not know she took it

Q. Did you give her any Hopes or Promise of Favour if she would confess?

Samuel Windsor . I told her if she would tell me of any Body that were her Accomplices, I would be as favourable as ever I could; she said she had no Accomplice, but that she gave her Mother one half Guinea of it to pay her Rent; and had seven Guineas of it in her Box: Colonel De Veil ordered the Constable to go with me and the Girl, which I did; she unlock'd the Box, and took out six Guineas, and gave them into my Hand; I deliver'd them to Colonel De Veil, she owned these were my Guineas; she gave me a Pair of Buckles, and a Pair of Ear-rings, and said she had bought them with the five Guineas she took from me before, and delivered up some Clothes.

John Harris , the Constable that served the Warrant . She told me she took eight Guineas and some Silver out of the Drawers, that she found the Keys on the Drawers; and laid them there again.

Windsor. I did not know any Harm of the Girl before now.

John Hastings . I have known the Prisoner from an Infant, and never knew any Harm of her; she is very ignorant, but was always reputed an honest, Girl: She was frightened into Fits some Years ago, by some Soldiers coming into the House, which took away her Senses ; I got her into the Infirmary at Westminster, and she was sometime there before she was cured: I am a Gold-smith at Charing-Cross , her Father worked for me, and she used to bring things backward and forward, and I never found her dishonest. Guilty, Death .[The Jury recommended her to the Favour of the Court.]


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