Dorothy Taylor.
26th February 1755
Reference Numbert17550226-22
SentenceMiscellaneous > branding

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116. (M.) Dorothy wife of Walter Taylor was indicted for stealing one gown, made of silk and stuff, value 40 s. and twelve yards of calimanco, the goods of George Shootes ; and one silk gown, value 30 s. the property of James Farr , February 15 . ++

George Shootes . I live in the Strand ; on the 15th of February, the prisoner being a journey-woman to my wife, a mantua-maker, she was left in the room alone where the goods mentioned in the indictment were; she went out to dinner, and locked the door, hung the key up, and said she should not stay long; we were then at dinner in another room; this was about one o'clock; about three a young woman came to have a gown tried on, and my wife rang the bell; I was above, I came down, when she told me what she was robbed of: the prisoner did not return.

Q. Did you find any of these things again?

Shootes. We suspected the prisoner, and found her in Westminster about eleven o'clock the next day. She came to my house with me; I asked her what she had done with the two gowns and black calimanco; she said she had sold them in Monmouth-street, and for how much. We went there with her, and found the things. I took her before justice Fielding, there she said she took these things out of her mistress's drawers.

Q. Is she a married woman?

Shootes. She passes for the wife of Walter Taylor .

Mary Shootes . I am wife to the prosecutor. She confirmed the account given by her husband, with this addition, she had left the prisoner alone not quite a quarter of an hour, before she went out, and said she should not stay long at dinner; that she missed the two gowns and piece of calimanco about three, out of a drawer; that she had seen them the night before. (The things produced in court, and deposed to as her's and Farr's-property).

Milbrow Jones, apprentice to the prosecutor's wife, confirmed her account, with this addition, that the prisoner had got the things to finish.

Anne Merridy . I live in Monmouth-street; on Wednesday was a week the prisoner came to my door; I asked her if she had any thing to sell? She said she had. She came in and opened the gowns, and said she was obliged to make up some money, and must part with them, and she chose rather to sell them out and out, rather than to pawn them. She asked me three guineas for them; I bought them of her for two guineas and a half. Mr. Shootes came to me the next day with two women; they wanted to buy some; we shewed them these. Then he went out and fetched a search-warrant, and claimed them. She was taken up, and I knew her again before the justice.

Prisoner's defence.

My mistress was in a great hurry to have the work done, so I took these things home to finish; I had drank a dram, and my head was very light; I went home and drank two more drams, and was not capable of doing any thing; I was not sensible of what I did. I had some money to make up that day; I went and made money of these things; after which the prosecutor agreed, and made it a debt, and took my things in part of payment.

John Tinsley . I am a master horner in Petticoat-lane; the prosecutor told me, at the Baptist-head, in the Old-Baily, he was sorry things were come to this extremity; that it had been made a debt on, and agreed; that she had delivered a pair of stays to him, and I think a capuchin; and that he valued the stays and other things at a guinea and a half; and that Mrs. Fisher had given him a note for a guinea more, and he was fully satisfied; but that by the advice of some other person, he took her up to prosecute her.

A paper produced.

Mary Fisher . This note I gave; it was to pay a guinea, as the remainder of the money.

The note read to this purport:

Feb. 20, 1755.

We jointly and separately promise to Anne Merridy , the sum of two pounds, twelve shillings, and six-pence. on the delivery of a striped lutestring gown, a figured alapine-gown, and twelve yards of calimanco, without further trouble.

Witness our hands, Geo Shootes , Mary Fisher , Dorothy Taylor .

Isaac Sherif . I being an acquaintance of Mrs. Merridy's, she sent for me; I saw the prisoner give the prosecutor a pair of stays, and other things, in order to make up this affair on the 20th of February; I heard also Mrs. Fisher promise to give the prosecutor a guinea on the same account.

To her character.

Susannah Besson . I have known her between three and four years. I am servant to Mr. John Tinsley ; she has been frequently trusted in his house; I never heard any thing amiss of her before this.

Mary Fisher again. I have known her about seven months; she has worked for me, and never wronged me, and I hope this will be a punishment to her for this.

Prosecutor. The prisoner borrowed a guinea and a half of Mr. Thomas Tinsley , the evidence Tinsley's brother, he is her Uncle, and my wife put her hand to the note, to see it paid again, at half a crown a week; and the stays and piece of stuff were left with me as a security for that money, and not at all for the things she had stolen and sold in Monmouth-street the day she was taken up. The prosecutor's wife deposed the same.

The note read to this purport:

Dec. 31, 1754.

We promise to pay to Thomas Tinsley , or order, the sum of one pound, eleven shillings, and six-pence, for value received,

By us, Mary Shootes, Dorothy Taylor.

To be paid at two shillings and six-pence per week.

Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

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