Euthbert Bell, Sarah Bedford.
3rd September 1746
Reference Numbert17460903-37
VerdictsNot Guilty

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322, 323. Euthbert Bell and Sarah Bedford were indicted, the first for stealing two Breadths of Damask and a Piece of Chints , the Goods of Hannah Youthouse , and the other for receiving the same, knowing them to be stolen .

Q. (to Hannah Youthouse .) What have you to say against the Prisoners at the Bar?

Youthouse. I keep a House at Whitehall , which was broke open and several Things stole. I put out a Reward of five Guineas, and thereupon was sent for on Friday before Sir Thomas De Veil ; there I saw the Prisoner, and he said he bought these Things of a Person that ow'd him 25 s. the green Damask Silk and Counterpane.

Q. When did you lose these Things?

Youthouse. About the 1st of June.

Q. When was you before Sir Thomas?

Youthouse. I believe in July three Times. I saw the Prisoner brought up; he said he gave them to the Woman to pawn; I beg Pardon, he gave the Woman the Chints to mend, she was his Laundress, or something; but Sir Thomas said they liv'd together. She was to give him 40 s. for the Curtains to make her a Gown. Sir Thomas ask'd him how he came by them; he said he was at Pepper-Alley Stairs, and there met with a Woman that ow'd him 25 s. who gave him the Goods abovemention'd.

Q. (to George Brown , Pawnbroker) What do you know about these Goods ?

Brown. The Chints Bed was brought by Sarah Bedford the 20th of June.

Q. What was it pawn'd for?

Bedford. For 5 s. 6 d. The 5th Day of July the same Person brought two Breadths of Silk Damask, I suspected they were stole, and lent no Money upon them as she could not give me an Account how she came by them; I took her before Sir Thomas De Veil , and she then inform'd against the Prisoner, and he was taken up upon that.

Q. When Bell came what did he say to that?

Brown. He own'd that he had given these Things to Bedford to pawn, the Silk to make a Gown of, and the other to pawn; he said he had them of one Elizabeth Robinson , for a Debt.

Q. (to the Prisoner Bedford) What have you to say to what is sworn against you?

Bedford. I went to pawn the two Breadths to Mr. Brown; I had them of Mr. Bell; I wash'd for him, and knew him to be a very honest Man.

John Wood . I was along with Bell when he receiv'd these Goods from Elizabeth Robinson , for 25 s. at the Crown in Tooley Street.

Q. (to Mary Smith ) Where do you live?

Smith. In Tooley-Street, near the Church. I was drinking a Pint of Beer at the Crown, and heard Words about a Debt, and saw her shew him these Things.

Q. Do you know the Woman.

Smith. I know her by Sight; she us'd to deal in old Cloaths, and I saw her very often in Rag-Fair

Q. (to the Prisoner.) What is your Trade?

Prisoner. A Mason.

Thomas Richardson . I am a Carpenter in the Broad-Way, Westminster, where Mr. Bell did live, and I never heard but he was a very honest industrious Man.

Francis Miller . I live near the Prisoner, and I meet him as constantly going to his Work as I to mine.

John Walker . I am a Coachmaker, I liv'd near the Place where he lodg'd, in the Broad-Way, Westminster, and he has always had the Character of an industrious, hardworking Man.

Both Acquitted .

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