17th April 1776
Reference Numbert17760417-31
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s
SentenceCorporal > whipping

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327. MARY DOYLE was indicted for stealing a silver table spoon, value ten shillings , the property of Henry Whelan , November the 26th .


I live in Jermyn-street , and am a sadler : last November was twelve-month a fire broke out next door to me; while I was busy moving my things, the prisoner came to me with a young man who passed for her husband, and offered to take care of my parlour and shop door; I permitted them so to do; in the hurry and confusion many things were lost, among the rest a silver spoon; I heard no more about it about till about six weeks ago, when the prisoner came to my house with one of Sir John Fielding 's constables; I went by their directions to Mr. Artz, a pawnbroker.


I am a pawnbroker: the prisoner pawned this spoon with me on the 28th of November, in the name of one Henry Whelan .

Prosecutor. This spoon is my property, I lost it at the time of the fire.


It was not me, but the young man that pawned it.

She called four witnesses, who gave her a good character.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of ten pence . W .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice BLACKSTONE.

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