25th June 1788
Reference Numbert17880625-36
VerdictNot Guilty

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438. JANE WYLAE was indicted for stealing on the 28th of April , a gold mourning ring, value 8 s. the property of Richard Carpenter .


I live at No. 16, Aldgate High-street, I lost a mourning ring on the morning of the 28th of April, about nine o'clock in the morning; I am an engraver, and a dealer in jewellery , I had made this ring for a neighbour, and had sent it home the Friday before, and the gentleman sent it back to me with another for some alteration, and a mad bullock being driven by, a parcel of people run into the shop, I went round the counter; I was much confused at so many people coming in, and I laid down the one ring by the other, the people then went away; I forgot the two rings thro' the confusion, and put some others away; soon after I wanted one to send to a workman to alter, and then recollected it; a Mr. Bunn brought me one of them at five o'clock on the same evening; I know it to be the ring, because it was the only one that had been made for the family.

Mr. BUNN sworn.

I am a pawnbroker, I had the ring of Ann Deer ; she brought it me on the 28th of April, about five in the afternoon, and I stopped it; the daughter of the prisoner was with her; I saw the name of Colebatch on the ring, with the day of his

death, age, &c. I enquired and heard the ring belonged to Mr. Carpenter.

ANN DEER sworn.

I carried the mourning ring to Mr. Bunn's, I got it from the prisoner between the hours of five and six, I chare for her; I was passing by the door, and she asked me if I would go of an errand to pledge the ring for her, I took it to Mr. Bunn's and he refused it, I told him I had it from the prisoner; I then went back, and the prisoner sent her daughter, who is about ten years of age, with me.

Mr. Knowlys. You was the first that was stopt with the ring? - Yes.

And desired to give an account of it? - Yes.

How came Mrs. Wylae to ask you why you did not come on the Monday, was not she angry with you? - She was.

Did not she use hard names? - No, she did not.

I shall soon make that appear, will you swear she did not? - She did not.

Then she was not angry? - Not that I know of.

Which do you mean to say, you have sworn both? - I do not know she was.

Court. Was she displeased? - She was a little or so.

Well, do not you know, that if you had not shifted this ring to Mrs. Wylae, you must have answered for it, and been tried for it? - I do not know, she took it off her finger and gave it me.

Court. When you was first questioned about the ring, did not you know that unless you produced the person who gave it to you, you would have been liable to have been tried for it yourself? - Yes, my Lord; I did.

Mr. Knowlys. What do you mean by your having said you never was in a scrape before; do you mean you never was taken up? - I never was.

When you returned from Bunn's, was she at home? - She was.

You was taken into custody? - I was; I was in the Counter from Monday till Saturday.


I am a constable, and was sent for by Mr. Bunn about this ring, and he gave me charge of the last witness, and the prisoner's daughter, and gave me the ring; I took the girl and the last witness to the Counter; she said she had it from Mrs. Wylae.

Court to Carpenter. Did you ever see Mrs. Wylae before you saw her before the Lord Mayor? - I did not; I never saw either the prisoner's daughter or Ann Deer before.

Bunn. I have known Wylae before: after charging the prisoners, I was going to her house, I called on Withers, and I perceived some body watching at the front of her door in Petticoat-lane, which I am sure is the prisoner, on her observing me, she went backwards and went out the back way; I did not see her for a fortnight afterwards, when she surrendered herself.


Mr. Bunn is not certain as to my person, for he took a Mrs. Ward into custody for me; I am a widow woman with a large family.

Bunn. It is totally false.

Withers. There was no woman in the house that resembled Mrs. Wylae.

Ann Jenkins . I have known the prisoner some years, she was always a hard working woman, and has a large family.

David Davis says the same.

Robert Evans has known the prisoner six years, is a worthy honest industrious woman.

Frances Jenkinson has known the prisoner twenty-four years, is a worthy honest and industrious character.


Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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