MARY MURPHY.
30th August 1786
Reference Numbert17860830-99
VerdictGuilty
SentenceImprisonment > house of correction; Miscellaneous > sureties

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760. MARY MURPHY was indicted for that she, on the 21st of August last , a counterfeit sixpence, as and for a good one, unlawfully and deceitfully did offer to Sarah, wife of James Wright , knowing it to be counterfeited .

A second count, For having at the same time in her possession, one other counterfeit sixpence, well knowing the same to be false and counterfeit.

(The case opened by Mr. Knowlys.)

SARAH WRIGHT sworn.

I live in Fleur-de-lis-court, Fleet-street ; I keep an oyster shop ; I saw the prisoner on Monday the 21st of August in the afternoon, about four or a little after; she came to buy a pennyworth of oysters; I sold them to her; she gave me sixpence

to change, and while she was taking them from the tub I shut the sixpence in my hand and never put it any where till Mr. Holmes came in and asked me if I knew what I had taken; I looked at it immediately, and saw it was a very bad sixpence; from that the prisoner was brought back and searched, and six bad sixpences were found in a piece of brown paper; she had twenty pennyworth of halfpence in her pocket at that time; I saw them found upon her; Mr. Stapleton has the bad sixpence that she offered to me.

JOHN STAPLETON sworn.

(Produces the sixpence.)

When did you see the prisoner? - On Monday the 21st, I was going up from my own shop in Fetter-lane; I saw the prisoner; I went and told the constable, and he came out and we went into Fetter-lane, and saw her at the green grocers; we passed the shop, and we followed her all the way down Fetter-lane; she asked for a pennyworth of oysters; Mr. Holmes was in the shop; I was with him; I have had the sixpence in my possession ever since; I went and fetched her in, and six more bad sixpences were found upon her, and twenty pennyworth of halfpence; she seemed to be quite innocent of the bad sixpence.

Who has these bad sixpences? - Mr. Holmes.

- HOLMES sworn.

I went with Mr. Stapleton to Mr. Wright's shop, on the 21st of August; I saw the prisoner buying some oysters; I saw her give some money into Mrs. Wright's hand; I asked her what money she had given her, she said, sixpence; I said, is it a good one? she said, it may be for ought I know; I brought her from the door, and searched her, and found six bad sixpences, and one good one, and this pot of stuff.

JOHN CLARKE sworn.

I am employed by the Mint; this is a bad sixpence; these half dozen are all bad.

Do they appear to be of the same mould? - They are not the same pattern as that is; I do not know that either of them is; but they are fresh, because the very blackness that they put on the colouring is on them now.

Look at that little pot? - That is the blacking they make use in colouring sixpences.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I was selling my butter, and I left the most of it on score till the morning, I wanted change; I had not a halfpenny in my pocket; I was to call as I came back for my money, and coming down Fleet-street, I found that piec e of paper, and a little box rolled up; there was a paper outside, and the little box came out of the paper; I looked at it, and held it in my hand; I stood there a good bit to see if I could see any one looking for it; I went for a pennyworth of oysters, to have the change for it; I went for the price of my butter; I could not have it without I had halfpence; if I was to die this minute, I never offered one of them to no soul, nor I did not know that they were bad.

Have you any witnesses? - I have my neighbours; I believe they are here.

The prisoner called three witnesses to her character.

GUILTY .

To be imprisoned twelve months in the House of Correction , and find securities for two years .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.


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