Mary Bean.
11th September 1771
Reference Numbert17710911-76
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s
SentenceTransportation

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627. (M.) Mary Bean was indicted for stealing one silk gown, value 3 s the property of John Elsley . August 1st . ++

John Elsley , I am a coachman . My wife had a silk gown she bought of a poor woman out of pawn for two shillings and ten pence; she had it but a few days; I had an accident, and my wife was in the hospital. I left the prisoner to take care of the house. Three weeks she lay there; I missed the gown on the first of August; she went out the preceding evening and never came again. I saw the gown on her back the next day, the second of August, in the evening, in a cellar, in Pall Mall, almost facing the Duke of Marlborough's.

Q. What did she say about the gown?

Elsley. She said Rebecca Tunk , a woman that used to carry things to my wife, opened the box and gave it to her; she said she knew nothing about it; she came every morning to carry necessaries to my wife. The prisoner was recommended to me as a lodger three weeks before my wife had the accident.

Prisoner's Defence.

I never saw the gown. The woman he took in is a servant; her husband is a hard working man. The prosecutor is not a married man. I went to his wife, as he calls her; she says they are not married; he came several mornings, and tried to break into my room, and because I would not be connected with him he brought this prosecution against me.

Prosecutor. She is my wife; we have been married four years.

Guilty, 10 d. T .


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