18th February 1778
Reference Numbert17780218-12
SentencesMiscellaneous > branding; Imprisonment

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220. ELIZABETH BURLEIGH , spinster , was indicted for stealing a silver table spoon, value 10 s. the property of Robert Evans , January the 18th .

2d Count. For stealing a piece of fine gold, weighing 1 oz. 3 penny wts. and 18 grains , January the 23d .


I am a gold-beater , and live in Long Acre ; the prisoner was hired into my service as a nurse maid , on the 17th of January last. We missed a silver table spoon the next morning; we did not at that time suspect the prisoner, but on the 23d of January, in the evening, she absconded, and never afterwards returned. On the next day (the 24th) I missed a piece of gold; I had left a parcel of gold (contrary to my usual course) on the mantle-piece in my dining-room; the parcel contained 10 oz. in different pieces, but this piece was the largest in the parcel; with great difficulty I found out the prisoner; I charged her with this fact; she confessed she had stole the piece of gold from off the mantle-piece, and that it was at a pawnbroker's in Clare-market, who had stopped it; she refused to go to the pawnbroker's, but fell upon her knees, and begged I would forgive her. I afterwards found the gold at the pawnbroker's according to her directions.

Several pawnbrokers came to me, giving me an account of things which had been pawned with them by the prisoner, and among the rest this table spoon mentioned in the indictment.

[It was produced in court, and deposed to by he prosecutor.]

[The spoon was likewise produced in court, and deposed to by the prosecutor.]

A pawnbroker deposed, that he took the table spoon in pawn from the prisoner; and another pawnbroker deposed, that he stopped the piece of gold which was brought to his shop, by one Jane Murphey .

Jane Murphey deposed, that she received the piece of gold from the prisoner, and took it at her request to the pawnbroker's.


I found the piece of gold as I was sweeping down the stairs; I intended to carry the silver spoon back again.

The prisoner called three witnesses, who gave her a good character.


Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Branding. See summary.] [Imprisonment. See summary.]

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