Mary Smith.
5th April 1758
Reference Numbert17580405-11
VerdictNot Guilty

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168. (L.) Mary Smith was indicted for stealing two silver tea spoons, value 4 s. the property of Thomas Bull , March 3 . +

Mary Bull . I am wife to Thomas Bull ; on the third of March the woman at the bar came to my house and went up-stairs. I thought she wanted to speak to my lodger. She came down again, I saw her turn into Mark-lane.

Q. Where do you live?

Mary Bull . I live at the corner of Mark-lane ; I ran up to my lodger to know if she had been there, and found she had not; then I ran and overtook the prisoner at the end of Crutched-fryars. I asked her what she had in her apron, she said nothing belonging to me; I desired her to come back again, that I might see whether she had got any thing or not. I took her back, and put her into my house before me. In two or three minutes time some body came and said the woman had dropt a handkerchief, and produced one, out of which I saw two tea-spoons drop, (producing them) they are my property; the prisoner owned the handkerchief to be her own.

Elizabeth Murry . I saw Mrs. Bull stop the prisoner, and bring her back up Mark-lane. I did not see the handkerchief fall, but I saw it lying on the ground by the prisoner in the street, near Mrs. Bull's door. I took it up, and the two spoons dropt out of it.

Eutycus Edge. I am constable, I heard the prisoner at the bar say give me the handkerchief, or give me my handkerchief, I know not which.

The prisoner said nothing in her defence, but called Esther Hall, who deposed she had known her half a year or better, and had never seen or heard a misbehaved action by her.

Acquitted .

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