12th September 1798
Reference Numbert17980912-49
SentenceImprisonment; Corporal > private whipping

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515. SARAH HERBERT was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 1st of August , eight diaper table-cloths, value 39s. the property of John Denner .

JOHN DENNER sworn. - I keep the Furnival's-Inn Coffee-house, Holborn . The prisoner is a washer woman , that used to come every other Tuesday, to wash. On the 30th of July, I let her in to wash the table-linen was counted out to her; the next day there was a table-cloth missing, and we found that at Mr. Gabell's, a pawbroker, in Fox-Court, where there were seven more produced to me, pledged in her name.

ANN DENNER sworn. - The prisoner used to wash for me. she was there on the 31st of July; I had missed several table-cloths, but could not tell how I missed them; I missed one that day, which I found at the pawnbroker's, in Fox-court. There were seven more produced, which were my property.

JOHN DALE sworn. - I am servant to Mr. Gabell, a pawnbroker, in Fox-court: (Produces a table cloth); it was pledged by the prisoner, on the 1st of August; here are seven others that we have taken in; I took in six myself of the prisoner, at different times, some as long ago as a twelvemonth.

Q. Did you know her? - A. Yes.

Q. Did you know what she was? - A. Yes.

Q. How then could you take in so many tablecloths of that woman? - A. I have known her several years; and she said, some of them were for other people, and she pledged them in other names.

Mrs. Denner. These are my table-cloths, I made them myself, but the marks are all picked out. I am certain they are mine.

The prisoner called three witnesses, who gave her a good character. GUILTY (Aged 36.)

Imprisoned fourteen days , privately whipped , and discharged.

Tried by the London Jury, before Mr. COMMON SERJEANT.

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