6th December 1780
Reference Numbert17801206-14
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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15. ELISABETH HYLETT was indicted for stealing a canvas bag, value 1 d. and four guineas and an half guinea, in monies, numbered, the property of James Winshill , privately from his person , November 10th .


On the 10th of November, between twelve and one o'clock in the night, I was in St. Giles's , going to Deptford with a drummer; the prisoner met us and asked us to give her a quartern of gin; I gave her a penny. She put her hand round my waist and took out of my waistcoat pocket, a canvas bag, which had four guineas and an half in it. I did not miss it till two hours after.

When had you seen it before? - About a quarter of an hour. After this I went down to a publick-house, one George Bacon's, with the drummer, and staid about ten minutes. We had a room to ourselves. I wanted to change half a guinea; I put my hand in my pocket and missed my purse.

How long was the woman with you? - About three or four minutes.

Are you sure the prisoner is the woman? - Yes, I am. About two o'clock, we went back to the place where we had met with her; we told the watchman what had happened. He took us to the house of a Mr. Mason, in Crown-court, and there we found the prisoner in bed. The watchman took my bag out of her right-hand. She said she had it from her husband; she got up, and the watchman took her to the round-house.


I am a watchman. I took the purse out of the prisoner's right-hand, which she had

put between her thighs in bed; that was about two in the morning, on the 10th of November. There were four guineas and a half in it, and half a bad shilling, which the prisoner claimed, and had again. She said she had the money from her husband, and if we took it from her she would swear a robbery against us.


The prosecutor, with another man came to me about one o'clock, and said he had lost his purse and asked me if I knew a girl who came from America. I told them the woman they were with, passed by my box, and went into an house in Crown-court. I went there with them.

Did you see her with the prosecutor? - Yes. I knew her before. I carried them to the lodging, and we found her in bed.


I lodged in Crown-court. The prosecutor came into the court and took hold of me, and said he would give me sixpence. He gave me a penny, and after that he went home with me, and would lie with me by compulsion, and when he had lain with me, he wanted me to lie with the drummer. I said I would not. He said he would have my bloody liver out. I do not know how I came by the purse; the money was sent me from my husband; I know nothing of it.

To Rover. Did the soldier and the drummer appear to be in liquor? - No, quite sober.

GUILTY ( Death .)

(She was humbly recommended by the Jury to his Majesty's mercy.)

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

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