Thomas Richards.
25th February 1756
Reference Numbert17560225-4
VerdictNot Guilty

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112. (M.) Thomas Richards was indicted for stealing one silk damask gown, value 5 s. one pair of stays, value 5 s. the goods of Jos. ith , Jan. 21 . ++

Elizabeth Lee . The prisoner at the bar courted me, and I had not things to be married in; he desired me to take these things, and he received them out at the window.

Q. What are you?

E. Lee . I am servant to Mr. Smith, who keeps a publick house , the punch-bowl near Charing-cross ; he was almost every day there, he is a soldier .

Q. Did he receive them of you?

E. Lee . Yes, I bundled them up, and he receiv'd them out at the window, of me, and I put them on, and he went away with my things after I had put them on; and he told my mistress where to End me, and Mistress took me with them on.

Q. What were the goods?

E Lee . They were a damask gown and a pair of stays.

Q. What did he do with them?

E Lee . He said he would wait at the rummer till I came, and he did.

Q. Did you go to be married?

E. Lee. We went over the water and lay together all night, and after that he would not marry me.

Prisoner's defence.

I went to the prosecutor's house to drink a pint of beer and eat a bit of bread and cheese; this girl came to me and desired me to carry her bundle for her, and said she would give me a shilling, for she had a mind to leave her place. I asked her to bring I down; she said her Mistress was not willing for her to go away, so she would put it out at the window, which she did, and I carried it as far as Somerset house; she persuaded me to go over the water and lay with her all night. I belong to the guards.

Acquitted .

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