Mary Crawforth.
24th October 1759
Reference Numbert17591024-19
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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318. (M.) Mary Crawforth , spinster , was indicted for stealing one purse, value one penny, three portugal pieces, thirteen guineas, and one half guinea, the goods and money of John Hudson , privately from his person , his property, October 4 . ||

John Hudson . About a fortnight ago I met with the prisoner at the bar in Nightingale-Lane she wanted me to see her bed; I went with her; I had three 36 s. pieces, thirteen guineas and a half in my pocket a t that time: I had some silver, but I do not know how much. The prisoner said there were three shillings and six pence when I was in the house with her. She fastened me in.

Q. Was any body else in the house?

Hudson. I saw no body else in the house but the prisoner.

Q. What time of the day did you go into the house?

Hudson. I went in about nine or ten at night, and sat in a chair and slept, with my head on a table, 'till about two in the morning. When I awaked I could not get out 'till day-light; she was gone, and I was left alone.

Q. How did you get the door open?

Hudson. I got that open with my knife. I miss'd my money.

Q. When did you miss that?

Hudson. I miss'd that about two o'clock, purse and all.

Q. How was the door fastened?

Husdon. It was hasped to, and I put it off the staple with my knife.

Q. Where did you meet with the prisoner afterwards?

Hudson. I took her up at Wapping New, Stairs.

Q. When?

Hudson. The next day. She had my purse in her hand when I first saw her; I said that was my purse; she said it was, and she delivered it to a waterman; and I am very sure he put nothing into it, and took nothing out, and he gave it to me; there was in it six guineas and a half, and one 36 s. piece. I took her

before Justice Scott, there she was examined; she told the Justice that she took it out of my pocket.

Q. Do you know she took it out of your pocket?

Hudson. I only know it by what she confessed afterwards. If I had found her at taking it out of my pocket I would not have let her.

Q. Did you take her from Wapping-Stairs immediately before the Justice?

Hudson. No; I took her first to the house where I was with her, and kept her there 'till I got a constable.

Q. Did she tell you how much money she took out of your pocket?

Hudson. No; I ask'd her where the rest of the money was; and she said, she had given that to one of her companions.

Q. Did she tell you what the rest of the money was?

Hudson. No; I did not ask her; she had made away with seven guineas and two 36 s. pieces.

Q. Did you give her any money that night?

Hudson. No; I did not; she took enough, I had no occasion to give her any.

Q. Had not you given her some money before she took your purse?

Hudson. No; not a farthing.

Q. What did you go into that house for?

Hudson. To see her bed; but it was so dirty and nasty I would not lie in it. We had a pot of beer together.

Q. Did not she ask you to give her something?

Hudson. No; not as I know of.

Q. Was you sober?

Hudson. No; if I had been sober I should not have been there.

The prisoner had nothing to say in her defence.

Guilty of stealing, but not privately from his person .


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