Elizabeth Matthews, Moses Matthews.
21st October 1767
Reference Numbert17671021-42
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s; Not Guilty
SentenceCorporal > whipping

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571, 572. (M.) Moses Matthews , otherwise Burton , and Elizabeth his wife , were indicted for stealing a linen bed-quilt, two sheets, two blankets, a saucepan, a brass candlestick, and a flat-iron, the property of Charles Forward , in a certain lodging room lett by contract , &c. Sept. 10 . ++

Charles Forward . I live in Charles street, Westminster ; the prisoner, Moses Matthews , took a lodging of me ready furnished, for himself and his wife; the things mentioned in the indictment were part of the furniture; they took it this day six weeks; they staid till last Tuesday morning, then we went into the room and missed the things; the constable took up the man and locked him up; he owned to the pawning the things, but did not know where; then the woman was taken up, and she confess where they were; we went and found them as she had said.

William Stoaks . I am a pawnbroker, and live in Tothill-street, Westminster; the woman at the bar brought a quilt the 19th of September, one sheet of the 10th of October, and another on the 15th, and pledged them with me.

Jamee Stiles . I am a pawnbroker, and live in Castle-street, Leicester-fields; the woman at the bar pawned two blankets, a saucepan, a brass candlestick, and a flat iron with me; a blanket

and saucepan were brought the 20th of October, and the other things about the 24th of September (the goods produced and deposed to.)

Moses Matthew 's defence.

When I knew of the quilt, and one of the sheets being pawned, I desired my wife to go to the pawnbroker and tell him they should be redeemed in a few days, accordingly, I believe she did go and inform him of it; that morning she had not been well, and I left my own coat and hat before I went out, for my wife to carry to get some money, for her to take in sewing work, but they did not bring enough; then another sheet was pawned; my wife got work and did it, but has not been paid yet; when Mr. Forward charged the constable with me, I had not time to send for my friends to redeem the things; and he being impatient, my wife was taken up; I sent for one friend, he was not at home; then we were taken before Sir John Fielding and sent to Tothill-fields Bridewell; then it was night; I could see no body the next morning; I was taken to Sir John again, and he committed us here.

The wife's defence.

I carried the things, and told the pawnbroker I would fetch them at night; and when I came back again, Mr. Forward took me in custody; I told him where I had carried them; he locked me in his garret, I could see no body; then he took me to Sir John Fielding ; after that I was committed, and had not time to send for our friends.

To their character.

Joseph Harris . I have known the man at the bar four or five years; I looked upon him to be an honest man of good parents; he has been in the flour and coal way.

Q. What was he in lately?

Harris. Lately he has been in no business.

Q. When had you seen him last?

Harris. I have not seen him for this four or five weeks past.

Josiah Jacome . I have known him some years; he carried flour at a wharf; he has a very good character.

James Matthews . I am his own brother; he was always called a good servant till he married, then he was taken very ill; that is I believe about a quarter of a year ago.

Q. What are you?

Matthews. I am a coal-heaver.

Increase Beale. I am sorry to see the prisoner at the bar here; he was clerk at the next wharf to mine; I believe there he was as honest a servant as any was; and was his master here, I believe he would give him the same character.

Moses Guilty 10 d. W .

W. Elizabeth Acquitted .

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