7th July 1784
Reference Numbert17840707-115
VerdictNot Guilty

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774. ELIZABETH BUTTERWORTH was indicted for feloniously receiving four ells of black silk mode, the property of Thomas Amery , well knowing the same to be stolen .


I am a Weaver , I live in St. John-street, Bethnall-green, my loom and my work were in a house where I pay for their standing, there was twenty-six ells of black silk mode ready made, all at the house of Mr. Forme, in Great Eagle-street , on the 12th of June I missed it, they were all ready manufactured by me, I left it in the upper shop in the garret, on the Saturday, and never saw it afterwards till I saw it in the hands of James Shakeshaft .

(The silk produced and deposed to by a white mark in the selvages, which the prosecutor put in for his own use.)

Do not other people put such marks? - Not that I know of, I know nothing of the prisoner.

- FORME sworn.

Had you any property belonging to Mr. Amery, that was intrusted from his master that he works for? - It was in my house; the prosecutor works with me, and has done for a great many years; I saw this in my garret on Sunday in the afternoon, the wall was broke, and the work taken out, by some people, I do not know who, the things were missing on the 14th in the morning, when I got up in the morning, I saw the hole in the wall, and the property gone (Deposes to the silk) I knew this by the white mark, I know nothing of the prisoner.


I went on the 17th of June, into a place called Five-inkhorn court, Petticoat-lane, to the prisoner, I told her I wanted to search the room up one pair of stairs, she said, says she, I will not hinder you, and she unlocked the door.

Had she the key? - Yes, when I went into the room, I asked her who lived there, says she, no body but me.

Did you tell her it would be better for her to confess? - No, she said nobody lives here but me, I live with no thieves now, I have had my belly full of thieves; she made no resistance, I searched the

drawers they were not locked, in one of which I found this piece of silk.


I am an officer; I went with the last witness, on the 17th of June, to this woman's lodgings, she was at the outside of the street door, she unlocked the door, and we went in and we found this silk in the drawers.

Prisoner. Have not you since had a person in custody that that room did belong to, and she has been discharged? - No, we did take up another woman for receiving, and we were informed, there was two women lived in the room, and she was discharged, there was no appearance of any things of any other woman.

Prisoner. Whether that Gentleman did not take a pair of stays off the bed, belonging to this other woman that has been in custody, since I was taken? - No, there was a pocket book, and a pair of breeches belonging to a man that is gone away.

Prisoner. The room did not belong to me, I did not take the room, pay no rent, nor receive no key.


Tried by the London Jury before Mr. ROSE.

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