9th September 1772
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635. (2d. M.) ANN SILVER , spinster , was indicted for stealing a silk cardinal, value 20 s. the property of Thomas Bowes , privately in his shop , Sept. 10 . *

Thomas Bowes . The prisoner came to my shop the 10th of September, and was detected in taking a silk cardinal; I was not in the shop. I keep a shop for selling all sorts of wearing apparel .

Christiana Bowes. Last Thursday se'ennight the prisoner came into my father's shop, to ask for a cap. My father lives at Brentford ; she bought a cap, and asked if I could recommend her to any body to buy a cloak; I said we sold cloaks; I asked what sort of one she wanted; she said a black one; upon this I went into the back room, and shewed her some cloaks; she agreed for one; she offered to leave six-pence, and said she would fetch it in an hour's time; I refused the six pence till she brought the whole money; in the mean while my sister Susanna Bowes came in, and said, she suspected, by her holding her arm, that she had something under her cloak; she was then in the fore shop; I went up to her, turned up her cloak, and found one of our cloaks under her arm.

( Daniel Saunders produces the cloak.)

Christiana Bowes . That is the cloak I found under the prisoner's arm; it is my father's property; there is my father's private mark upon it. I carried the woman and the cloak before the justice; the cloak was sealed up, and delivered to the constable. (The constable produces it, and swears it is in the same situation in which it was delivered to him.)

Prisoner's Defence.

I took it up by accident.

Guilty . Death .

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