2nd December 1801
Reference Numbert18011202-58
VerdictNot Guilty

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58. ELIZABETH GRAVES , alias FRENCH , was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Josiah Bowring , about the hour of one in the night of the 29th of May , and burglariously stealing three silver tea-spoons, value 7s. two table-cloths, value 5s. three frocks, value 7s. a petticoat, value 2s. two pin-cloths, value 4s. two pair of stockings, value 1s. and two handkerchiefs, value 1s. 6d. the property of the said Josiah, and a shawl, value 2s. an apron, value 1s. and a pair of pattons, value 1s. 6d. the property of Margaret Harris , spinster .

JOSIAH BOWRING sworn. - I keep a house in Dove-court Pavement, Moorfields ; my house was broke open on the night of Friday, the 29th of May last; my servant called me up a little before six the next morning.

Q. Was it light then? - A. It was; about five minutes after she came to my room door again and said she had lost her apron; I went down and found that a lead light had been taken out of the cellar window; two small iron bars were wrenched from their place inside the window.

Q. Would it not have required some strength to have done that? - A. A boy of ten years old might have done it if he knew how to pull out the nails; it required no effort of strength; the kitchen door was left a jar, by which door I imagine the person had gone out; I then missed the articles mentioned in the indictment (repeating them); the prisoner had left my service about sixteen months; on the Tuesday following I found the tea-spoons at Mr. Crouch's, a pawnbroker, in Fore-street, and on Sunday, the 7th of June, I found at the prisoner's lodgings a blue apron.

MARGARET HARRIS sworn. - I am servant to Mr. Bowring: On Saturday morning, the 29th of May, I got up a little after six o'clock and called my master; I went down stairs and found the light of the cellar window taken out and the iron bars wrenched off; I missed an apron, a pair of pattens, and a shawl belonging to me.

WILLIAM TUPP sworn. - I am servant to Mr. Crouch, a pawnbroker in Fore-street, (produces three tea-spoons); I took them in of the prisoner on Tuesday the 3d of June; I had seen her several times before.

Bowring. One of these spoons I know to be mine by the letter B. the other two have no marks, but I believe them to be my property.


London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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