12th January 1785
Reference Numbert17850112-22
SentenceCorporal > private whipping; Imprisonment > house of correction

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226. ELIZABETH MORRIS was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 16th of December , one cloth great coat, value 7 s. two coats, value 10 s. two pair of velveret breeches, value 10 s. two velveret waistcoats, value 10 s. the property of Samuel Glover .


On the 16th of December, about twelve o'clock, my wife and my two sisters were washing in the first floor, and my daughter was going into the cellar for a pail of water, and met this woman, and called me out of the shop, I went and found the prisoner, and in her apron were two suits of clothes, one mine, and one the boy's, I saw them taken from the prisoner, out of her apron, she said she bought them of two travelling Jews.


I was getting a pail of water, and I met the prisoner coming down stairs, I asked her who she wanted, she said she had been to one Mrs. Robinson, a mantua-maker, and there was no such person in the house; I saw a great coat lay atop of the things in her apron, I told her it was my father's great coat, and I insisted upon looking into her apron, and I found two suits of clothes, one was my father's, and the other the apprentice's.


I saw the woman directly at the bottom of the stairs, I saw the great coat first, and I saw the other things found afterwards.

(The things deposed to.)


My Lord, I deal in buying and selling clothes , and I was going to call on a person, I happened to mistake in the number, and went into the wrong house, and this woman came and insisted to know what I had in my apron, I said they were clothes which I had bought; I never had been up the stairs; I bought the clothes in Monmouth-street. Her father said he would hang me, if there was no more women in the world; my witnesses, Mr. and Mrs. M'Carty, that saw me buy them, were here at three o'clock.


Privately whipped and confined twelve months in the House of Correction .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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