Ann Ellison.
20th October 1756
Reference Numbert17561020-46

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447. (L) Ann Ellison , spinster , was indicted for stealing on silver watch, value 30 s . the property of Joseph Sparrow , Oct. 5 . ||

Joseph Sparrow . I live with Mr. Brecknock, a linen-draper without Aldgate . The prisoner came into my master's shop, I think, on Friday the 1st of October, pretending to be a customer; I was then serving one. After I had done, she came to me to cheapen a handkerchief, and as she was standing by the counter upon looking round I missed my watch, to which I had been putting a new string before the other customer came in, and had laid it down in the window while I served her. The prisoner and I could not agree for the handkerchief, and when she was going out of the shop I charged her with having taken my watch, which she denied, and said she would be search'd by any gentlewoman in the house. I directly call'd down our maid, who search'd her, and found it; I saw it taken from under the prisoner's arm.

Elizabeth Briggs . I am servant to Mr. Brecknock, and was call'd down to search the prisoner at the bar in the back shop, while she was undressing herself I saw her put something under her arm, so I put my hand there and felt the watch, but she would not let me take it out; then I called to Mr. Sparrow, and he saw me take it from her.

John Besden . I am a constable, was charged with the prisoner, and had this watch deliver'd to me, ( producing one.)

Q. to Prosecutor. Look at that watch; do you know it?

Prosecutor. It is the watch I missed, my property.

Besden. As we were coming along in the coach she said, Mr. Constable, I know it lies in your power to serve me in this affair, for I am guilty of the fact, but will oblige you in any thing I can, if you will stand my friend.

Prisoner's defence.

I went into the gentleman's shop to buy a handkerchief; there was another woman along with me, who went away, and did not come back again . The gentleman said I had got his watch, but he did not find it upon me; and before we went before the justice he said he would forgive me.

Q. to Prosecutor. Did you declare as she has mention'd?

Prosecutor. No, I did not; I said she should have justice done her.

Guilty .

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