25th October 1797
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589. ANN SANMERT was indicted for feloniously stealing, in the dwelling-house of Thomas Cowderoy , on the 19th of October , a canvas bag, value 2d. eight guineas, a half-guinea, two half-crowns, twenty-four sixpences, two silver groats, a dollar, a French half-crown, thirteen shillings, a Bank-note, value 1l. and another Bank-note, value 1l. the property of the said Thomas.

THOMAS COWDEROY sworn. - I am a grocer , in Broadway, Westminster . On Thursday last, at

near eight o'clock in the morning, the prisoner came in for some tea and sugar; I had just been settling my money, and put it in the window on the ledge; I gave her change for a shilling, and she went away; I went into the back-room, I had not been there half a minute when I turned round and saw the prisoner going out again; I thought she had left something upon the counter, and I took no notice of that, and about ten minutes after I missed the purse: I had seen her many times before, she had asked me if I wanted any waistcoats made, that she worked for Mr. Hill, a pawnbroker; I went there and got her address, the constable was then in the street, and I took him with me, she was not at home, we waited about a quarter of an hour, when she came in, and I gave charge of her; she was searched in my back parlour, and in between her things the constable found the money; he cut the string and it fell from her, there was 2l. 5s. in silver, including a French half-crown, and two bad shillings; and eight guineas and a half in gold, and two Bank-notes.(William Messenger, the constable, produced the property.)

Cowderoy. I can swear to the Bank-notes, and two four-penny pieces that I had had a long time by me.

Prisoner's defence. Two doors before I came to the prosecutor's house, I saw a dog with something in his mouth, I heard it chink, and I took it from him.

GUILTY Death . (Aged 57.)

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron HOTHAM .

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