Anne Johnson.
28th June 1758
Reference Numbert17580628-32

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251. (M.) Anne Johnson was indicted for stealing one silver buckle, value 11 s. one shirt value 5 s. one pair of stockings, value 2 s. one pair of jumps, value 1 s. 6 d. one bolster, value 4 s. and one linen cap, value 4 d. the goods of Joseph Butler , June 14 . ||

Joseph Butler . I am a blacksmith , and live in the parish of St. George, Middlesex , the prisoner had ready furnished lodgings in my house. I went to work on the 14th of June, in the morning between five and six, the prisoner took an opportunity of going away with the things mentioned in the indictment.

Jane Butler . The prisoner went away on the 14th of June, after which I missed the things mentioned in the indictment. I found nothing again but the single shoe buckle; that I found at Mr. Barlow's, a silver-smith in Whitechapel, (produced in court, and the fellow to it,) the pair cost 30 s.

Q. Where was you when she went out?

Jane Butler . My husband was gone to work, and I went out to market, and left the prisoner in bed, and when I returned she was gone.

William Allison . I am servant to Mr. Barlow, a silver-smith in White-chapel, the prisoner came and told me she lived at Ilford, that she had found that odd buckle in the road; she asked me to buy it; I weighted it, it came 11 s. 6 d. I gave her that for it; she said her name was Anne Johnson . In the afternoon the prosecutor's wife came to enquire if such a woman had brought such an odd buckle. I shew'd her it, she brought the fellow to it, and I compared them, she owned it as her property.

Prisoner's defence.

I never saw that silversmith in my life, it was not me that sold the buckle to him.

Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

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