Ann Brittain.
26th May 1757
Reference Numbert17570526-21
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s
SentenceCorporal > whipping

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234. (M.) Ann, wife of John Brittain , was indicted for stealing three linen aprons, value 1 s. and 6 d. four linen shifts, one pair of stockings, one pair of leather shoes, two linen caps, and three handkerchiefs , the goods of Anthony Wilkins , April 4 .

Anthony Wilkins . I lost two cheque aprons, one white apron, four shi fts, one pair of stockings, one pair of shoes, two caps, and three handkerchiefs.

Q. Why do you charge the prisoner?

Wilkins. She is a washerwoman , and had wash'd for my wife a good while. The last time she wash'd my wife missed several things. I took the prisoner up, and before the justice I charged her with taking the things mentioned, and she own'd it.

Q. Did you ever get them again?

Wilkins. She brought some of them again.

Q. What did she bring again?

Wilkins. She brought two shifts, a colour'd apron, a white apron, a pair of stockings, three handkerchiefs, and two caps; there were other things which she stole out of the window in the fore kitchen.

Q. What justice did you take her before?

Wilkins. Before justice Carkess.

Q. Did she confess the taking them before you came to the justice?

Wilkins. Yes, and fetch'd these goods mentioned home again.

Q. What is your business?

Wilkins. We take in goods.

Court. You take in pawns you mean, do you not?

Wilkins. Yes; a few, my wife does.

Q. Were all these goods your property, or were they pawn'd to you?

Wilkins. Some of them were pawn'd, and some not.

Elizabeth Wilkins . I am wife to the prosecutor. I lost the goods mentioned in the indictment out of the wash, as the cloaths were hanging to dry. I at first accused the girl that lives with me, but she denied it. The next day I sent for the prisoner, and charg'd her with taking them; she own'd it, and said they were in pawn, and that she would get them and send them home again.

Q. Did she wash these things at your house or abroad ?

E. Wilkins. My servant deliver'd them to her to wash in my own house. I took her before the justice, where she own'd the same. She had before that fetch'd them out and brought them to me.

Q. Did you promise her you would not prosecute her, if she would confess, and bring them again?

E. Wilkins. No, I did not, I only put the things in the indictment which she brought home; I have lost more things than I have mentioned.

Prisoner's Defence.

When I delivered these things to my mistress, she said she never missed any thing after me before, and if I would deliver them to her again she would not hurt me, and I believe it was put up for a month or more.

Q. to prosecutor. How long after you knew she stole the goods mention'd, was it that you took her up?

Prosecutor. The goods were stole some time in December last.

Prosecutrix. The goods were stole on the 4th of April, and we took her up the 11th of May.

Guilty, 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]


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