MARGARET RADSHAW.
1st December 1802
Reference Numbert18021201-71
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s
SentenceDeath

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72. MARGARET RADSHAW was indicted for that she, about the hour of five in the night of the 2d of November , being in the dwelling-house of James Hadland , feloniously did steal, a cloak, value 3l. three gowns, value 40s. three petticoats, value 20s. a straw bonnet, value 5s. two shawls, value 10s. two shifts, vlaue 5s. five pair of stockings. value 7s. three handkerchiefs, value 3s. four hundred and thirty two penny pieces, and one hundred and ninety two halfpence,the property of the said James; and for that she, after having committed the felony aforesaid, the same dwelling-house burglariously did break, to get out of the same .

JAMES HADLAND sworn. - Q.Where do you live? - A. At Twickenham .

Q. What trade are you? - A. A baker and cornchandler .

Q. Do you know the prisoner at the bar? - A. Yes.

Q. When did the girl leave your service? - A. On Wednesday, the 3d of December.

Q. How long had she been with you? - A. She came to the house in May last.

Can you tell, from any circumstance, what time in the morning she left your house? - A. About five o'clock.

Q. What makes you suppose it was about five o'clock? - A.Because our man was up, and saw her.

Q. When did you first know she was gone? - A. About seven, when I got up, I found her dirty things lay straggling about in the parlour; I told my wife of it, I went up stairs with her, and we found the girl's bonnet there; we came down stairs again, I observed one of the drawers of the bureau open, my wife opened it, and missed some things out of it; then we went up stairs, and searched a chest of drawers; my wife missed three of her gowns; then we went to a cupboard, and she missed a yellow chip bonnet trimmed with black ribbon; my wife then observed the bottom drawer of the same chest rather open, she opened the drawers, and found one of her silk cloaks gone.

Q. In short, you found a number of other articles gone? - A. Yes.

Q. At seven o'clock, when you got up, and found the prisoner gone, was it light or dark? - A. It was not quite light.

Q. Did you, at that time, look to see which way she had gone out? - A. No; because the boy had taken down the shop shutters then.

Q. Then there was nothing in the house which shewed any marks of violence by which she got out? - A. No.

Q. You are sure she was in your house the overnight? - A. Yes.

Q. What time did she go to bed? - A.Between ten and eleven.

Q. You saw her between ten and eleven? - A. Yes.

Q. And you saw her as if going to bed? - A. Yes; I saw her go up stairs.

Q. When you found your house had been fifted, what did you do? - A. She had a sweetheart at Brentford, I thought he might have some connection with this business; there was a Bench of Justices sitting, and I got a search-warrant, to search his premises, but found nothing; he offered his assistance to apprehend her, and on the Thursday we came to London.

Q. Did your wife go with you? - A. No; I and this young man went together; we could not find her at any of the places she used to be at in town; then I heard she was gone to Hounslow; I did not find her there; on the Friday morning, I went to Brentsord, it struck me, that I would go to the Magpye, where this young man used, thinking she might write to him, to let him know where she was; when I got there, I saw the post-man giving him a letter in the bar, which he said, he would swear was her hand-writing; and I opened it, and found where she was; I then went to Bow-street, and took an officer with me.

Q. Is that officer here? - A. No; he could not find her; then we went to the Almonry, Westminster, to look for her, according to the direction; I found her at a very bad house in the Almonry; I found she was there, and told the girl, that her sweetheart wanted to see her; her sweetheart went to her, and told me, he would take care of her; I then went to the office, and got Bly and Jones, two officers.

Q. Did you, or any body in your presence, search the prisoner? - A. Yes, Bly pulled her things off, and I stood by to see what she had got.

Q. What was found? - A. She had a pair of pockets belonging to my children.

Q. What might be the value of those pockets? - A. One shilling, perhaps, I cannot say; I then asked her where her mistress's silk cloak was, and she said, it laid in the window, pointing to the corner; Jones immediately went to the corner, and she said, it laid in the window, pointing to the corner; Jones immediately went to the corner, and took the cloak out of the window, and under that cloak laid the tell of the bundle of things; Bly took the things with him, he tied them in a bundle, and has had them ever since.

JAMES BLY sworn. Q. You are a constable. - A. Yes.

Q.Belonging to what office? - A.Queen-square, Westminster.

Q. Do you remember being present at this search, at the Almonry? - A. Yes, about seven o'clock in the evening, Friday, the 5th of Novembember; I had information that the prisoner was at a certain house there.

Q. You saw her in the house? - A. Yes.

Q. Do you remember asking her where her mistress's cloak was? - A. I do, perfectly.

Q. Do you remember what answer the prisoner made? - A. Yes; she said, it was in the window.

Q. Did you go the window? - A. I saw Jones go to the window; I saw him take the cloak, and give it to Mr. Hadland; I told him to take care of it.

Q. Did he find any thing else under the cloak? - A. YEs, this bundle; they were not all found under the cloak, some of them were found in other parts of the room; I found a guinea and a half in gold in the prisoner's pocket, a few shilling, and some halfpence; the silver and halfpence were returned to her, by order of the Magistrate.

Q.(To Hadland). Look at the things in that

bundle, and tell me whether they are your property? - A.Here is a pair of stockings that I can swear to, they have my name to them; my wife knows the remainder of the things.

Q. What do you suppose these stockings are worth? - A.They cost me six shillings, I will say four shillings.

LOUISA HADLAND sworn. Q. Look at that cloak? - A. I know this cloak to be mine, it had just come home from the milliner's; I know it by a mark the milliner had put on it.

Q. What is it worth? - A.Three pounds.

Q. Would you give that for it? - A. It cost me five pounds ten shillings; I have put every thing a great deal under the mark; she had a pair of stockings on when she was taken.

Q. How many pair of stockings were there? - A.Five pair.

Hadland. My wife's bonnet was taken from the prisoner's head at the office.

Q. Did you see any thing else of your wife's upon her? - A. Not that night; afterwards, at the office, a petticoat of my wife's was taken off her.

Q.( To Mrs. Hadland.) Is that bonnet and petticoat yours's? - A. Yes, they are.

HENRY WHITE sworn. Q. Where do you live? At Richmond, I keep the sign of the Ship, where the coach goes from.

Q. Do you remember the time when Hadland's house was robbed? - A. I only remember the prisoner at the bar coming there between six and seven in the morning of Wednesday, the 3d of November.

Q. Had she any thing with her? - A. A large bundle under her arm.

Q. Did she stay with you any time? - A. She stopped from that time till eight in the morning. and then she went away with the coach to town; she had a handkerchief with penny pieces in it, to the amount of two pounds.

Q. Did you see them? - A. Yes, I gave her cash for them; she said, there were two poundsworth; I told her, as they seemed to be very heavy, I would give her, two-pound note for them; I told them out, and they amounted to two pounds three shillings and sixpence; and I gave her two pounds three shillings and sixpence for them.

Q.( To Hadland). On the morning of the 3d of November, did you miss any penny-pieces? - A. Yes, to the amount of two pounds four shillings.

Q. All in penny-pieces? - A. No, there were about eight shillings in halfpence, and the rest in penny-pieces.

Q.( To White). In the two pounds three shillings and sixpence, were there any halfpence mixed? - A. They were, but I cannot say how many.

Prisoner. I have nothing to say.

GUILTY, of stealing goods in the dwelling-house, value 40s. but not guilty of the burglary , Death .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Graham .


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