Mary Atkins.
15th July 1767
Reference Numbert17670715-3
VerdictNot Guilty

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337. (M) Mary Atkins , spinster , was indicted for stealing an iron snuff box, value one penny, and two quarter guineas, the property of Joseph Bevan , from Elizabeth his wife , privately , June 10. +

Elizabeth Bevan . I am wife to Joseph, he is a day-labouring man ; last Whitsun-Wednesday morning, I and my husband were at a public-house at Ashford all night, dancing there, fifteen of us in company; the prisoner was one of the company. About eleven or twelve in the night she asked me for a pinch of snuff; I took my two 5 s. 3 d. pieces out of an iron snuff-box, and gave her a pinch; I was going home some hours after in the morning, and wanting a pinch of snuff, I went to feel in my pocket, and missed my box with the two 5 s. 3 d. pieces, which I had put in the box again, and I know I had them two hours after she had taken a pinch of snuff. I went back to the alehouse, there was the prisoner; I charged her; she desired to be searched; the landlord found two 5 s. 3 d. pieces in her bosom in a piece of a pocket-handkerchief; she then said she took them out of a joke; after that she used me and my husband and the landlord very ill, and said she would prosecute us if we did not her.

Prisoner's defence.

I found them in the dancing-room, and took them up at two separate times.

Acquitted .


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