MARY GEE, ALICE FRIZEN.
14th September 1785
Reference Numbert17850914-28
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s; Not Guilty
SentenceCorporal > private whipping

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752. MARY GEE and ALICE FRIZEN were indicted for feloniously stealing on the 15th of August last, fifteen pillow cases, value 30 s. two table cloths, value 4 s. four napkins, value 6 s. three blankets, value 3 s. one sheet, value 5 s. four flat irons, value 3 s. one waistcoat, value 2 s. two handkerchiefs, value 3 s. one neckcloth, value 1 s. 6 d. the property of Thomas Pritchett , in his dwelling house .

THOMAS PRITCHETT sworn.

I live in Titchfield-street ; I have at many times lost things out of my and in particular some time in August, I think on the 13th, and I took out a warrant against the prisoners; I said to the prisoner Gee, Mary, I have lost a damask napkin, and nobody can have it but you, or by your knowledge; she said, she was very sorry, and could not think how it could go; the bureau was in the middle room; I always gave her the key of my room whenever I went out; I never went out but if I left a neckcloth it was gone; I began to suspect Mary Gee , who was frequently drunk, and by the advice of my friends I took out a warrant against her who was my servant; I told her, if she would tell me where the things were I would redeem them, but she never informed me; the other prisoner lived servant up stairs, and she having pawned her mistress's things; I came at the knowledge of my own; I found them at Mr. Jones's, a pawnbroker.

Did you ever get any of your things from there? - Yes, some pillow cases, and several other things.

THOMAS JONES sworn.

Do you know the prisoner Mary Gee ? - Yes, she used our house for these five months past.

What did she pawn at your shop? - A waistcoat, fifteen pillow cases, a tablecloth, three napkins, seven towels, and sundry other things.

Were they all pledged separately by Mary Gee ? - No, some by Alice Frizen ; they were all pledged in the name of Ann Dyer ; Gee came as often as the other, but I cannot swear to any thing that she pledged but that handkerchief; they said it was one and the same thing; I thought her name was Ann Dyer then; they never pledged but one thing at a time from February to August.

Prosecutor. There is no mark on the linen, they are mine and nobody's else.

ELIZABETH SAUNDERS sworn.

I have frequently gone to Mr. Pritchett's

house, and I have frequently seen his maid very much in liquor, that is the prisoner Gee, and on one day I saw her take down the key and open the closet door where he kept his liquors, but where she got the key from I do not know, and she took out a bottle with liquor, and put it there again and locked the door, but what she did with the key I do not know.

Prosecutor. This false key I found in my cellar wrapped in the tail of a woman's gown, and put under a pail, I have tried it, and it opens all the drawers of my bureau but the top, the top being the mother key it will not open that.

Prisoner Gee. When I was hired to Mr. Pritchett, I was informed he was a broker and auctioneer, then I found he got his living by giving false characters to servants, to get them into houses to rob their masters and mistresses, and things are brought to his house; that woman is his daughter in law, and her mother is his wife.

Prisoner Frizen. What Jones has sworn against me is false.

RICHARD GETLING sworn.

I have known Mary Gee for eight, nine, or ten years, she has lived with me at different times, and always behaved very honestly.

MARY WATTON sworn.

I am a watch-maker's wife, I come to speak for Alice Frizen , I have known her almost three years, a very good character as far as I know of her, here was another gentleman with me, but he is lost in the croud.

Court to Jury. Gentlemen, these things to make it a capital offence, must be all taken at one time.

MARY GEE ,

GUILTY, Of stealing to the value of 39 s.

To be privately whipped and discharged.

ALICE FRIZEN , NOT GUILTY .

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


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