16th September 1778
Reference Numbert17780916-48
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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686. MARGARET FILTSON was indicted for stealing two linen gowns, value 15 s. a cotton gown, value 7 s. a black stuff petticoat, value 2 s. a white cotton petticoat, value 5 s. a worked muslin apron, value 2 s. a plain muslin apron, value 18. a white linen bed-gown, value 3 s. five silver tea-spoons, value 5 s. a silver table-spoon, value 5 s. a pair of silver tea-tongs, value 2 s. two black silk cloaks, value 10 s. a silver watch, value 20 s. a pair of silver buckles, value 10 s. two silk handkerchiefs, value 2 s. and a pair of linen gloves, value 6 d. the property of Thomas Hunt , in his dwelling house , August 14th .


I live in Crown-alley, Brick-lane, Bethnal Green . The prisoner came to live with me as a servant . On Friday the 15th of August I missed the things mentioned in the indictment ( repeating them.) The prisoner went up stairs at about eleven in the morning to make the bed; she staid a longer time than usual; in about an hour, I went to see after her. I broke open her chamber-door and she was gone: my wife missed the things. I printed some hand-bills, and the watch was found. She went away without the least notice; she was taken at the Dog and Duck, with part of my wife's things upon her, One of my spoons was in her pocket; we put her in a boat to bring her to town; when she was in the boat, we asked her what she had done with the rest of the things; she said she had left them at a public-house at the Dog and Duck. I staid in the boat with her, and the two officers went on shore and fetched the bundle from Deptford; coming up the river, she said she could not tell where she had pawned the spoons, but she would show us; we went with her to Mr. Smith's in East-Smithfield; there we found four teaspoons and a large spoon; she then took us to Mr. Morgan's. We took her before the justice, who committed her.


I am the prosecutor's wife; the prisoner was my servant. On the 14th of August, between eleven and twelve in the forenoon, we missed the things mentioned in the indictment. When she was taken, she had on two petticoats, a gown, cap, hat, cloak, and a pair of sleeves of mine; and she had my husband's buckles in her shoes, and one of my spoons in her pocket.

[ Edmund Wade produced the goods found upon the prisoner, and those found at Deptford, and they were deposed to by the prosecutrix.]


I am a pawnbroker. The prisoner pawned a watch with my servant; I was not at home at the time. Susannah Hart was present.


On the 14th of August, I was at the Black Boy in St. Catherine's; the prisoner came in and asked me to walk up the lane with her, and she went into the pawnbroker's and pawned this watch (looking at it) for fifteen shillings.

[The watch deposed to by the prosecutor.]


I am a pawnbroker. On the 15th of August the prisoner pawned four silver teaspoons, a silver table-spoon, and a pair of silver tea-tongs with me for fifteen shillings; she said they were her own property. She was genteelly dressed in her mistress's clothes; as I since understand; she said her name was Margaret Hunt , which corresponded with the initial letters on the spoons.

(They were produced in court, and deposed to by the prosecutor.)

[ Samuel Yardley , who was with Wade at the apprehending the prisoner, produced the silver buckles he took out of her shoes, which were deposed to by the prosecutor.]


I leave myself to the mercy of the court.

GUILTY Death .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron PERRYN.

[She was humbly recommended by the Jury to his majesty's mercy .]

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