28th October 1812
Reference Numbert18121028-94
SentenceImprisonment > house of correction; Miscellaneous > fine

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935. SARAH WILLIS was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 21st of October , a handkerchief, value 6 d. a seal, value 1 s. a purse, value 6 d. a dollar, value 5 s. 6 d. an eighteen-penny bank-token, and two shillings , the property of Jane Mackenzie , spinster .

JANE MACKENZIE . I live at Mrs. Cook's, at Hampstead.

Q. What is the prisoner - A. I do not know. I and my fellow-servant came to Drury-lane theatre. We asked the prisoner if she could recommend us to a lodging. It was too late to go to Hampstead.

Q. What is she, a common street-walker - A. I believe so. She took us to a house she called her own. We went to lay on the bed. She put the candle out. She took out two letters, and a seal out of my pocket, a purse, and a pocket handkerchief.

Q. Are you sure that the prisoner was the person - A. Yes.

Prisoner's Defence. When I met her it was between twelve and one. She gave me a eighteen-penny piece to get some bread and cheese and beer. After that I met a gentleman. I went, and slept with him.

WILLIAM GODFREY . I apprehended the prisoner on the 22d of October. I found this handkerchief upon her. I did not find the purse.

Prosecutrix. That is my handkerchief.

GUILTY , aged 19.

Confined Six Months in the House of Correction , and fined 1 s.

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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