1st June 1808
Reference Numbert18080601-9
SentenceImprisonment > newgate; Corporal > private whipping

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373. TABITHA GRANT was indicted for feloniously

stealing on the 29th of April , fifty pound weight of potatoes, value 4 s. the property of John Whitbread , and Richard Morrison .

RICHARD MORRISON. I live at Edmonton . I am partner with John Whitbread ; I employed John White to watch, he sat up several nights; the banks were robbed after he came away; I desired him to call me on Friday morning the 29th of April, which he did at half after three o'clock I desired him to go over the banks and I followed him immediately; at the time I came up to him I discovered him with a woman, I saw a quantity of potatoes laying by her, I asked her what business she had there, she said it was the first time of her coming. I took her to the constable and gave her in charge, and kept the potatoes ever since under lock and key; these potatoes had been taken from the bank; the bank contained about seven ton.

Q. What was the quantity taken away - A. About fifty pound weight.

Q. Do you know where she lived - A. In Meeting House lane, within about half a mile from the place.

Q. You do not know whether she had any children - A. No, only what she informed the magistrate that she had two children.

JOHN WHITE. Q. Are you servant to Mr. Whitbread and Morrison - A. Yes, I was employed to watch the potatoe bank. On the 29th of April, about half past three, I saw the prisoner, she went to the potatoe bank, she turned the straw of oneside and pulled about a bushel of potatoes into her apron.

Q. Whereabouts were the potatoes - A. In the field, in the parish of Edmonton. I apprehended her with the potatoes in her apron; there is a foot path in the field, it is a bye road. She threw the potatoes down, and begged of me to let her go. I told her it was more than my life was worth to let her go.

Prisoner's Defence. I did it through distress for my children.

GUILTY , aged 26.

Confined One Month in Newgate , and privately Whipped .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Justice Grose.

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