14th February 1798
Reference Numbert17980214-5
VerdictNot Guilty

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148. MARTHA SUTLIFF was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 2d of February , two linen sheets, value 8s. and a cotton counterpane, value 3s. the property of George Hudson .

GEORGE HUDSON sworn. - I am a shoe-maker , I keep a house in Grub-street ; On Friday the 2d of February, I lost two sheets and a counterpane; the prisoner lived servant with me, and I suspected her; my wife keeps a cook-shop, nobody had access to the room but herself, and my wife and I; I challenged her with it, and the denied knowing any thing of it; I then fetched an officer, in her box we found a duplicate of two sheets, and another of a counterpane, she gave the constable the key, then we went to the pawnbroker's and found the property; I have left the duplicates at home, I did not know that they would be wanted, one of them is dated the 31st of January.

WILLIAM SMITH sworn. - I am servant to a pawnbroker, (produces a counterpane;) it is linen counterpane, I took it in of the prisoner.

JOHN STEVENS sworn. - I am servant to a pawnbroker, (produces two sheets;) I took one of them in pledge of a person whom I do not know,(produces the duplicates;) I was not present when the other was taken in.

Prisoner's defence. Mr. Hudson has stopped my things, and he owes me 2s. 6d. besides.

Prosecutor. I would not let any body else have her things, but herself.

The prisoner called two witnesses, who gave her a good character.


Tried by the London Jury, before


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