20th April 1814
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338. ELIZABETH GIBBS was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Thomas Yarrow , no person being therein, about the hour of eleven in the forenoon, on the 20th of October , and stealing therein, a shift, value 2 s. a gown, value 3 s. four pair of stocking, value 2 s. one handkerchief, value 6 d. and four caps, value 1 s. the property of Sarah Yarrow , spinster .

SARAH YARROW . I live with my father, his name is Thomas Yarrow ; he lives at Forty-hill, in the parish of Enfield . On the 26th of October last, the prisoner came to our house, about seven o'clock in the morning; she came to ask leave to boil a few potatoes; when she came my father was gone out to work; he went out about six o'clock in the morning to work. When she came, there was no one else in the house but my mother and me.

Q. How long did the prisoner stay with you - A. She stopped until about half after eight. I lent

her a wooden dish to carry the potatoes. Me and my mother went out when she did; we locked the door.

Q. Was the window below secured - A. Yes. I looked about the house before I went out, every thing was safe. I returned about half after six in the evening. When I returned, the house door was open, the window had an iron hasp to it. The pane of glass over the iron hasp was broken, and the iron hasp was undone; the window was not open. The glass was broken, and the door wide open. The window appeared as if it had been opened. I found it shut, and the door wide open. The post of the door was twisted of one side; so that she could get the lock out of the outside post; the post of the door was twisted.

Q. Do you suppose any person had twisted the post from outside or inside - A. From the inside. I and my mother came home together. I missed my mother's cloak first.

Q. Tell me what you lost of your own property - A. I looked for my own property; my box was empty. I had seen my box in the morning. I missed four gowns; the best of the gowns were worth eight shillings; I missed three petticoats, value seven shillings; I missed one bonnet, value eight shillings; four habit-shirts, three of them worth one shilling; four pair of stockings; I missed three shifts, value eight shillings; five caps, four of them worth two shillings. These things were my own property.

MARY YARROW . I am the mother of the last witness. I remember the prisoner coming to our house and asking leave to boil a few potatoes; she boiled them; I lent her a dish. She went out with them about eight o'clock, with me and my daughter. I returned home with my daughter between six and seven at night; I found my window broken, and the door open. When we went out we left no one in the house, and when I returned I found the bowl I had lent the prisoner. I lost two gowns.

JAMES WALFORD . I am an officer. I apprehended the prisoner on the 31st of October, at Hertford, in a straw-shed, about four o'clock in the morning; she had been sleeping there. I found these things upon her, some of them were in the bundle; and one gown she had got on. I had the patterns with me of the gowns that were lost.

Q. to Sarah Yarrow . Look at these things, and tell me whether they are yours or not - A. This gown is my property, it is worth three shillings; this habit-shirt belongs to the gown I have on; this is a pair of sleeves and a habit-shirt, I lost a gown like it; this apron had been a gown, and is now an apron; here is one shift of mine. I missed three or four caps, they are worth about two shillings.

GUILTY - DEATH , aged 23.

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Baron Graham.

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