Lacritia Credaway.
17th April 1765
Reference Numbert17650417-45
VerdictNot Guilty

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265. (M.) Lacritia Credaway , widow , was indicted for stealing a pair of linen sheets, value 4 s. a pair of bellows, value 1 s. a copper tea-kettle, value 1 s. a linen apron and a linen handkerchief , the property of Richard Purcell , April 3 . ++

Richard Purcell . I live at Hammersmith ; the prisoner lodged at my house about three quarters of a year, in a back garret, her husband was with her; she worked in the gardens. I lost two sheets, from off two different beds, one at a time, about Michaelmas; then the tea-kettle; then the bellows; after that an apron and handkerchief were gone together: the prisoner and another woman had words; and it came out, upon a quarrel; since that, about eight weeks ago, I heard the prisoner own she had taken the things, and had pawned the tea-kettle at Brentford for eighteen-pence, and sold one sheet for six-pence.

Mary his wife confirmed his evidence, with this addition, that she would not tell to whom she had sold the sheet or pawned the tea-kettle; that she had taken the prisoner up about a fortnight, the prisoner having promised to fetch the things again, but failed of her promise, after waiting about six weeks; and that her husband had promised to pay for the things, as soon as he got so much moneys but upon the prisoner beating her, she

took her up, but she would have pardoned her bad she restored the tea-kettle.

Acquitted .


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