ANN SMITH.
12th September 1798
Reference Numbert17980912-57
VerdictGuilty
SentenceImprisonment > newgate; Miscellaneous > fine

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521. ANN SMITH was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 29th of August , a silk cloak, value 10s. a satin bonnet, value 4s. two cotton gowns, value 10s. a muslin petticoat, value 7s. a woollen stuff petticoat, value 3s. and a linen shift, value 3s. the property of John Herbert .

JOHN HERBERT sworn. - I live on St. Dunstan's-hill, Tower-street ; I lost a silk cloak and bonnet about a quarter before eight in the evening out of a one-pair of stairs room, and two gowns, two coats, and a shift, out of a two-pair of stairs front room; the prisoner had lived servant with me about a month; she left my house that evening about a quarter before eight; I had a character with her from a public-house in Bloomsbury, where she had lived three or four months; she went out at the back door, and took all her clothes with her, and in about an hour my wife missed the property. The next day I went in search of the prisoner: I went to Paddington first, the Monday following I heard she was at Greenwich; accordingly I went to Greenwich, she had been there, and was gone away; she had left a direction with a person there to come and see her, that she lived in Cow-cross; I went to Cow-cross, but no such person lived there. The next day I heard she had been at Paddington, and on the Wednesday following I found her, according to the direction, in Cow-cross; in her pocket I found two duplicates of a shift and a stuff petticoat; she said he had put the other duplicates loose in her pocket, and had lost them, but the gave us a direction to the pawnbroker's, and we went and found a gown and cloak, and a coat, at Greenwich; the bonnet we found where we took her.

ROBERT PEART sworn. - A. I am a pawnbroker in Fleet-street, (Produces a shift); it was pledged at our shop by a woman, but I cannot say it was the prisoner.

Q. (To Herbert.) You discovered this by the duplicate you found upon the prisoner? - A. Yes.

JOHN PARKER sworn. - I am servant to a pawnbroker at Greenwich, (produces a cotton gown and a black silk cloak); they were pledged the 30th of August by the prisoner at the bar.

EDWARD CARTER sworn. - I am a pawnbroker at Greenwich, (produces a gown and two petticoats); they were pledged with me on the 30th of August, and a stuff skirt on the 3d of September; I am certain it was the prisoner.

- LAMMAS sworn. - I am a constable, (produces the bonnet); it was found in the room where I took the prisoner. (The property was deposed to by the prosecutor.)

Prisoner. It is the first fault I have ever committed; I hope you will shew mercy.

GUILTY (Aged 21.)

Confined one week in Newgate , and fined 1s.

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


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