22nd June 1796
Reference Numbert17960622-4
VerdictNot Guilty

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388. ANN WOODLEY and ANN JOHNSON were indicted for feloniously stealing on the 2d of May , a canvas bag value 1d, and ten guineas

in money , the property of Ben Haughton Harding .


About three weeks ago, I don't recollect the day, I lost ten guineas between Covent-garden and Mary-le-bonne ; after the play I went with the prisoner- Ann Woodley in a coach to her lodgings, some where in Mary-le-bonne, I forget the name of the street; I had my money when I got into the coach, I felt it when I gave a shilling to the link-boy as I was getting into the coach; when we stopped at the prisoner's door, I missed it; I charged her with having my purse, and said I would drive her back to the round-house; she opened the door and jumped out; I laid hold of her by the gown, and she fell on the pavement; then the other prisoner came out of the house to her, and went back again into the house; she said I might search her, I said it was of no use to search her, I knew how the money was gone.

Q. Did you feel her hands in your pocket or about you in the coach? - A. I was hugging her in the coach.

Cross-examined by Mr. Knapp. Q. You had dined out that day? - A. I dined at Hornchurch, in Essex.

Q. Had you been drinking? - A. Not more than common.

Court. Q. Were you in liquor? - A. No, not at all.

Q. When you came out of the play-house, there was a great crowd? - A. Not much crowd.

Q. Before the Magistrate, I believe, you were at first a little incorrect? - A. The Magistrate was deaf, and took down my evidence wrong, I put him to rights directly.

Q. In which pocket do you usually keep your purse? - A. The left hand pocket.

Q. Which side of the young woman did you sit? - A. On the left hand of the prisoner.

Q. Then her hand must come round you to get at the purse? - A. Yes.

Q. You had a whip with you, had not she the whip in her right hand? - A. Not that I know of; I never saw my whip from that time to this.

Q. Did you take your whip into the coach? - A. Yes.

Q. You don't remember whether it was in her right hand or not? - A. No.

Q. You have never found your purse? - A. No.

Q. Did not she desire and intreat to go into the house and be searched? - A. Yes; after the maid had gone in before her.

Q. I believe the coachman picked her up? - A. No, the maid picked her up.

Q. Are you sure the coachman did not pick her up? - A. No, he did not.

Q. Did not the maid servant come to her with a bonnet? - A. Yes.

Q. And repeatedly desired to come into the coach to her? - A. Yes.

Q. And she followed the coach to the watch house? - A. Yes.

Q. She had no hat or bonnet on? - A. No.

Court. Had you mentioned before she got out of the coach, that you had lost your money? - A. Yes.

Q. Did she seem in a hurry to get out? - A. Yes; she jumped out of the coach, and fell on the pavement.

Woodley's defence. My servant was never near me when I got out of the coach, till she brought my bonnet to the watch-house.

For the Prisoner.


I am a coachman; I drove the prosecutor and Woodley; when I stopped, she fell out on the off side, I was on the near side; I went round the coach, and picked her up.

Q. Did her servant come near her before you picked her up? - A. No.

Q. Did she after? - A. Yes, within about two yards of her.

Q. Did you see any purse? - A. No; I was not suffered to look in the coach.

Q. Did Johnson come within reach of her? - A. No.

Court. Did she come to the off-side to her? - A. She could not get to the off-side, the gentleman kept her off.

Q. Did the gentleman appear to be sober, or otherwise? - A. I was never off my box till I came to Fitzroy-square; he appeared to me to be in liquor.

Court. Did he appear to be so intoxicated as not to know what he did? - A. No.

Q. (To Hording). This woman was searched at the watch-house? - A. Yes.

Q. Was any thing found upon her? - A. No.

Court. The coachman says, Johnson was never on the off-side of the carriage? - A. She was there first, she came round to her mistress while she was down; I said, it was no use to search her then, I knew which way the purse was gone.

Q. Was she out of the house twice? - A. Yes; the second time was after she was in the coach again.

(The prisoner Woodley called Daniel Butley and Susannah Mary Moore , who gave her a good character.)

(Johnson was not put on her defence).


Tried by the first Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice BULLER.

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