7th September 1774
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580. (M.) ELEANOR DIXON , spinster , was indicted for stealing a stuff gown, value 6 s. a linen shirt, value 2 s. a linen sheet, value 2 s. a linen pillowbier, value 6 d. a linen apron, value 6 d. and two linen napkins, value 1 s. the property of Winifred Gibson , widow , July 9 . ++

Winifred Gibson . I take in linen to wash : all the things mentioned in the indictment were my own except the shirt and stockings; they were in a one-pair-of-stairs room; some were upon the chamber horse in the room; there was an alaram of my chimney being on fire; I went out and staid about half an hour; they were all safe in my apartment when I went out, and gone when I returned.

John Miller . I am a pawnbroker; the prisoner brought me this parcel of linen to pawn (produced and deposed to by the prosecutrix.)

The constable deposed that he had a warrant to search the prisoner's apartments; that he found same linen, which was produced and deposed to by the prosecutrix.

Prisoner's Defence.

I did not steal the things.

Guilty . T .

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