Mary Arrowsmith.
17th September 1762
Reference Numbert17620917-6

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240. (M.) Mary Arrowsmith , spinster , was indicted for stealing a silver table-spoon, value 10 s. one silver pap-spoon, value 2 s. two silver tea-spoons, value 2 s. the property of Robert Bowers , Esq ; August 21 .~

Robert Bowers . I live in New Broad-street . The prisoner came with pretence to be hired as a servant. I heard her say she had lived with Mr. Smith, and apothecary in Hackney six years. She was sent down stairs in order to have some refreshment, and staid between two and three hours. After she was gone, my people missed the things mentioned in the indictment: We had a strong suspicion of her. I sent to Hackney, and was informed there was no apothecary of that name there. By mere accident we heard she lodged in Piccadilly, where we found her. We charged her with taking the spoons. She at first denied it; but after she was committed to Bridewell on suspicion, she confessed she had taken them, and sold them to a silversmith in the Haymarket; who owned he had bought such of her, but had melted them down.

Sarah Powel . I am servant to the prosecutor. The prisoner was in our kitchen on the 21st of August, from a little after one till about four in the afternoon. She desired me to draw her some small beer, which when I went to do, I suppose she took the spoons mentioned, which were lying in the kitchen.

John Lewis , the beadle, deposed to that of her confession.

Guilty . T .

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