CATHERINE M'CARTY.
31st October 1810
Reference Numbert18101031-22
VerdictGuilty
SentenceDeath

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794. CATHERINE M'CARTY was indicted for that she, on the 19th of September , a piece of false and counterfeit money made to the likeness and similitude of a good sixpence, feloniously did utter to Catherine Marshall , she at the time of uttering it knowing it to be false and

counterfeit, having been twice before tried and convicted of like offences .

JOSIAH GILL SEWELL . Q. I believe you are a clerk to the Solicitor of the Mint - A. I am. I produce a copy of the record of the conviction of one Catherine M'Carty, I got it from the clerk of the peace's office. It is a true copy. (the copy read.)

WILLIAM BEEBY . Q. You are clerk to Mr. Newport the keeper of the New Prison, Clerkenwell - A. I am.

Q. Look at the prisoner, do you know her - A. Perfectly well.

Q. Do you remember whether she was in the New Prison, in the year 1802 - A. I was present when she was tried in February sessions, 1802, for uttering counterfeit money; she was ordered to be imprisoned in New Prison Clerkenwell, for the space of six months, and at the end of that time, to find sureties for six months more. I was also present when she was tried and convicted in November sessions 1802, for uttering counterfeit money; she having been before convicted, she was ordered to be imprisoned in New Prison Clerkenwell two years and to find sureties for two years more, which she did.

Q. Was she in New Prison in execution of these two sentences - A. The whole of the time; six months in the first instance, and two years afterwards.

CATHERINE MARSHALL . I live in Great Earl-street, Seven Dials , the prisoner came to my house on the 19th of September, she asked for two yards of tape a halfpenny a yard, I was sweeping the door, my husband called me, I served her the two yards of tape, she tendered me a sixpence, I did not like it, I gave it to my husband to look at, my husband went out of doors directly; I am sure she is the person.

JOHN MARSHALL . I am the husband of the last witness.

Q. Do you remember the prisoner coming to your house - A. Very well, my wife gave me a sixpence, I looked at it, I saw it was a very bad one; not being satisfied with it, I went to my neighbour and asked his opinion of it, leaving the prisoner there, and on my coming out of my neighbour's door I met her, I asked her where she got the sixpence, she told me the sixpence was given to her, she came for an errand for a pennyworth of tape; she told me I might keep the sixpence, and she would fetch the person that gave her the sixpence; I was not satisfied with that she crossed the dials, went down Great St. Andrew-street, I followed her, and she called in at the wine vaults and asked for a glass of liquor; I stopped till she came out, then she went on; she saw me, she went up New-street and came down Southampton-street into the Strand, then I asked her if she had seen the person that gave her the sixpence she said, she was waiting for her there.

Q. When you came up to her, was she standing still A. No, she was coming back again; then I accosted her I asked her if she meaned to bring the person, or shew me the person that gave her the sixpence, she said, she could not see the person; in the mean time, Thomas Limbrick came up, she was impertinent.

Q. What did she say to you that you call impertinent - A. She said I had no business to interfere with her, nor to accost her as I did, I might let her go about her business. This is the sixpence, I have had it in my possession ever since.

THOMAS LIMBRICK . I am an officer of Bow-street. On the 19th of September last, at the bottom of Southampton-street in the Strand, seeing a mob there I went, Mr. Marshall gave me charge of the prisoner for attempting to give him bad money; I went to search the prisoner, she refused letting me search her; I then told her if she would walk peaceably to the office I would search her there; when we got to the Brown Bear tap room I searched her, in her left hand was a paper containing five sixpences and two shillings, she had an apron tied up in the same hand; I searched her pocket, I found two pence three farthings good money, three skains of thread wrapped up in paper. These are the same shillings and sixpences.

JOHN NICOLL . Q. You are a monier of his majestys' mint - A. I am.

Q. Look at the sixpence uttered and tell me whether that is a counterfeit - A. It is a counterfeit, the five sixpences are counterfeit, they appear of the same manufactory and the two shillings are counterfeit.

The prisoner said nothing in her defence.

GUILTY - DEATH , aged 55.

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Justice Lawrence.


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