Margaret Harvey.
5th July 1749
Reference Numbert17490705-6
SentenceDeath > respited for pregnancy

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377. Margaret Harvey , wife of John Harvey, alias Mason , was indicted for stealing a gold-watch and gold-chain, value 20 l. the goods of Robert Lane , from his person .

June 14 .

Robert Lane. On the 14th of June, betwixt seven and eight in the evening, I was going through Russel-street , Covent-Garden, this woman was with four men; as I came up, I went betwixt them; the woman had her hand down, and took hold of the chain of my watch; she took it out of my pocket, and put it into her bosom under her cloak: immediately I laid hold of the chain, and, with some difficulty, by twisting my fingers in the chain I got it again: she said, what is the man going to do? I laid hold of her to secure her; one of the men that was with her put my hand from her, and gave her a slight blow on the shoulders says he, let the bitch alone, she is only drunk; she immediately turned up a court, and the men stood before me, to prevent my following her; I went immediately over the way into a public house, the master of the house, and several more, came out. We went cross the way, and secured the woman directly, and had her before the Justice, and she was committed.

Joseph Wetherby . The prosecutor had not been gone out of my house above a minute, or thereabouts, before he returned with his watch in his hand; he told me the case, so I, and some others, run over the way; I knew the court was no thorough-fare; there we took the prisoner at the corner of the court; I took her to my own house, where I sent for an officer.

Prisoner's Defence. I never meddled with him; he met me, and asked me to go and drink along with him. Why did he not secure the men he said were with me?

Guilty , Death .

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