11th May 1785
Reference Numbert17850511-22
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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543. ANN DAVIS was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 1st of May , one silver table spoon, value 3 s. one tea-spoon, value 18 d. one silver crewet top, value 3 s. and one silk cloak, value 20 s. the property of Elizabeth Thornton , spinster .


I keep a house in the parish of Saint George, Hanover-square , I lost the things mentioned in the indictment, the beginning of May, I lost them out of my own house; I am a millener , I keep six young ladies, that are employed in the business; they were for the use of the family; the prisoner came to be hired by me the 26th of April, in the capacity of a cook , I took her, and had a character with her; when I went after her character, I was not satisfied with it, but I was without a servant; I told her if she behaved well for a few days, I would pay her as a chare-woman; and she was in service as a chare-woman; I lost the spoon the 1st of May, it was a Sunday, when I missed the things she said do you think I have got them? I said I did not know, I did not think she had; she then said she would go away; I said, why

will you go? she then set down and gave me some indifferent language, and said she would do nothing more till she had her wages; I paid her her wages, five shillings for three days, and she went away in the afternoon; going out, I missed my cloak; and the young people looked in their boxes, and I looked every where but could not find it; I searched for the cloak; in the evening I got a search warrant, and found out her lodgings in Mary-le-bon-court, with Mr. William New , she was out, but came home soon after, and we searched her and found a tea-spoon in her pocket.

- NEW sworn.

I have the spoon, which she was conveying to another young woman in the public house, and I took it from both their hands.

(The spoon deposed to.)

Here is the fellow to it.

Court. Hand it up, it is pretty difficult to swear to this spoon, there is no mark nor any thing.

Prisoner. That spoon was my own spoon.


I am the constable that took her with a warrant, she would not be searched, and behaved very rough, and struck me; I took her into a public house where we were waiting for her; as soon as the spoon was found, I thought it better to take her to the office; there I searched her, and found this table spoon, and this top; we were forced to wrench it from her by main force. (The table spoon deposed to.) She said that I had them in my pocket, and put them into her's; she threw the duplicate out of the window, and I went to the pawn broker's and he readily delivered it up.


I am a pawn-broker in Berwick-street, I never saw the prisoner before she came to me on the Monday morning between ten and eleven, she brought with her a black mode cloak, which she pawned for half-a-guinea; I gave her half-a-guinea upon it, it is my writing, I am sure of the woman.

(The cloak deposed to.)

Prisoner. I have no friends but God Almighty, and the gentlemen of the Jury; I never was tried, I have no witnesses, I have not six-pence to send for a person; as to that lady, I would not put my life in her hands, she is a very bad person.


To be confined to hard labour twelve months in the House of Correction .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice WILLES.

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