HARRIET SKELTON.
18th February 1818
Reference Numbert18180218-65
VerdictGuilty
SentenceDeath

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434. HARRIET SKELTON was indicted for that she on the 6th of January , at St. James, Clerkenwell , feloniously did forge and counterfeit a certain bank note for the payment of 5l.(setting it forth), with intent to defraud the Governor and Company of the Bank of England .

SECOND COUNT. For feloniously disposing of and putting away a like forged bank note, with the like intent, well knowing the same to be forged and counterfeited.

THIRD AND FOURTH COUNTS, the same as the first and second, only calling the forged instrument a promissory note for payment of money instead of a bank note.

FOUR OTHER COUNTS, the same, only stating the prisoner's intent to be to defraud Thomas Ragless .

THOMAS RAGLESS . I am a confectioner , and live at No. 198, Piccadilly. On the 6th of January, which was Twelfth Day, about seven o'clock in the evening, the prisoner came to my shop, bought a 10s. 6d. twelfth-cake, and offered me a 5l. note. I asked her what address I was to put on it? she gave me the name of "Moore, No. 29, Bury-street, St. James's." I told her I knew a person of the name of Moore, at No. 5, and asked her if she had not made a mistake? she said, No; she lived at No. 29, Bury-street, and repeated the name and number several times over. I gave her the change, and offered to send the cake home - She said she would take it herself (looking at a note)-this is the note. I have known a person of the name of Richardson to have lived at No. 29, Bury-street, for the last twelve years.

Cross-examined. by MR. ANDREWS. It was a busy day. I only took one 5l. note on that day - I had other 5l. notes in the house. All the notes I take in a day are put into the till, and then into a bag - They are afterwards put with other notes. I know this to be the note by my own handwriting. I have looked over all my other notes, and will swear this is the one she gave me. She said Bury-street, St. James's. I asked her if it was St. James's? she said, yes. I have not been to No. 29 since I received it. There were no other customers in the shop - She was there about ten minutes; I swear she is the woman. I saw her again on the 26th or 27th of January, and knew her immediately I saw her.

MR. REYNOLDS. Q. Had you never taken any 5l. note with "No. 29, Bury-street, St. James's," on it - A. None. I am positive she is the person.

FREDERICK LLOYD . I am servant to Mr. Richardson, who lives at No. 29, Bury-street, St. James's - I have lived a year and nine months with him. I was there on the 6th of January last; the prisoner did not live there, nor any person of the name of Moore.

Cross-examined. Q. Is there any other No. 29 - A. No.

COURT. Q. Did you ever see the prisoner at the house - A. Never.

ROBERT MILTON . I am a bank note inspector (looking at the note)-it is forged in every respect, both the plate, paper, and signature.

Cross-examined. It is a good imitation. There are better.

RICHARD SEWELL . I am a confectioner, and live at No. 6, Titchfield-street. On Twelfth Day, in the afternoon, the prisoner bought a half-guinea twelfth-cake at my shop. I served her; she tendered me a 5l. bank note to pay for it, for which I gave her change. Before I gave her change, I asked her to favour me with her address - She gave me the name of "Wise, No. 11, Golden-square," which I immediately wrote on the note, in her presence (looking at a note)-this is the note she gave me. I have since seen part of the twelfth-cake. I have made inquiry at No. 11, Golden-square, and found no such person lived there, but a Mr. Austin.

Cross-examined. No. 11, Golden-square, is a shop. I had no suspicion of the prisoner. I put the note with others, but know it to be the same by the name and address The prisoner was in the shop five or ten minutes. I had never seen her before.

THOMAS AUSTIN. I live at No. 11, Golden-square. I lived there on the 6th of January. No person of the name of Wise lived there at any time whatever. I do not know the prisoner.

Cross-examined. It is not a public shop-it is used as a shop-the door is in Golden-square.

WILLIAM SALMON. I am an officer. I was present with Edwards, when the house that the prisoner lived in was searched-it is No. 6, Leigh-street, Red Lion-square. I apprehended her there on the 20th of January, and searched the house on the 23d. I found some cake locked in a cupboard on the ground floor.

Cross-examined. I have no reason to know the house belonged to her.

RICHARD SEWELL re-examined. That cake was made by me, and sold to some person on Twelfth Day-it appears to be a half-guinea one.

Cross-examined. It was sold that day, or the day following. I sold the prisoner such a cake.

SARAH MILBOURN . I live with my aunt, Eliza Milbourn - She is a grocer, and lives at No. 127, High Holborn. On the 26th of December the prisoner came there - She had bought a pound of black and green tea there the day before (Christmas-day). On the 29th she bought

some things, and paid a 5l. note for them. I did not ask her name. I saw the note, and gave it to Ralph William Scurrah to go out and get change, which he did - I gave it to her.

Cross-examined. She gave me the note - I did not put it in the till. I had seen her before, and am sure she is the person. She had the same shawl on that she has now, but not the same gown. The note was never out of my hands till I gave it to Scurrah.

RALPH WILLIAM SCURRAH. I am servant to Mrs. Milbourn. The last witness gave me a 5l. note on the 29th of December. I went to Glossip's wine-vaults, got it changed, and gave it to Pilton.

Cross-examined. I never parted with it till I gave it to Pilton. I had no other 5l. note - I took no other 5l. note, nor do I know of any other being sent there. I did not see Pilton write on it.

WILLIAM PILTON . I live at Glossip's wine-vaults, in Holborn. On the 29th of December the last witness brought me a 5l. note. I wrote Mrs. Milbourn's name on it-(looks at one) - I am sure this is it.

Cross-examined. I do not remember his bringing any other 5l. note that day. He freqnently comes for change. I will not swear he gave it to me - I received it from Mrs. Milbourn's people.

SARAH MILBOURN re-examined. There was no other 5l. note sent from our shop on that day. I generally serve. I was not in the shop all day-others might have sent notes there.

JAMES MALLEY. I am shopman to Mr. Swift. who is a clothes-salesman, and lives in Houndsditch. I know the prisoner - She came to our shop on the 15th of December, between three and four o'clock in the afternoon, and bought two pelisses, which came to 1l. 13s., and paid me a 5l. note. I asked her name and address, she gave me the name of "Mrs. Jackson, No. 32, London Wall," which I wrote on the note, and gave her change (looks at one)-this it. I have made inquiry, and cannot find any such person or number in London Wall.

Cross-examined. Q. Do you mean to swear she is the person so long ago - A. I am sure of it from her features and manner. I saw her again about a month or five weeks after at Bow-street, and immediately said she was the woman - I knew her perfectly. I observed her when at the shop.

MR. REYNOLDS. Q. When did you go to London Wall - A. The day after the note was returned from the Bank, which was a fortnight after I took it of her, I believe. I made inquiry at London Wall, and that circumstance brought to my recollection the receiving of the note.

SUSANNAH WALLER . I am the wife of John Waller , who is a linen-draper, and lives at No. 30, High-street, Aldgate. In the early part of December, the prisoner came to our shop, and bought flaunel and other goods to the amount of 18s. - she paid me a 5l. note; I asked her for her address - She gave me the note of "Jackson, No.76, Whitechapel." I gave the note to James Grigg to indorse, and saw him indorse it, with "Jackson, 76, Whitechap," before it was put into the till (looks at one)-this is it. I have no doubt of the prisoner's being the person. She was there twenty minutes or half an hour.

Cross-examined. She was a stranger - She was alone; I am sure she is the woman. I believe I went into the parlour while Grigg was indorsing the note - He had began to indorse it before I left him.

JAMES GRIGG. I am shopman to Mr. Waller. I remember the prisoner buying some goods at our shop the beginning of December - She gave my master a 5l. note, my mistress gave it to me to indorse. I asked the prisoner for her address; she said, "Jackson, 76, Whitechapel"-(looks at it)-this is it. I know it by the indorsement.

WILLIAM EVERETT POOLE . I keep a grocer's-shop, at No. 18, Golden-lane, Barbican. On the 7th of January, the prisoner came to my shop, bought some things, which came to 3s. or 4s., and gave me a 1l. note. I asked her for her name and address - She gave me "Mrs. Atkins, No. 12, Mitchell-street, Brick-lane," which I wrote on the note (looking at it)-this is it - I gave her the change. I have tried to find out such a person, but cannot.

Cross-examined. I am sure she is the person.

GEORGE HOWARD . I am a confectioner, and live at No. 36, Princes-street, Soho. The prisoner came to my shop in January last, after Twelfth Day-it might be a fortnight after. She bought a few cakes, and a quarter of a pound of ratifias - She tendered a 1l. note in payment. I asked her for her address - She said, "Mrs. Jones, Windmill-street," which I wrote at the bottom of the note (looks at one)-this is it.

Cross-examined. I saw her at Bow-street afterwards, and knew her immediately. I have no doubt of her being the person.

ROBERT MILTON . I am a bank note inspector (looking at the four 5l. notes offered to Malley, Sewell, Milbourn, and Waller)-they are all forged in every respect; the plate, paper, dates and signatures are the same-the handwriting is the same (looking at the 1l. notes uttered to Howard and Poole) - They are forged in every respect; the paper and plate are the same.

Cross-examined. They are good imitations - I have seen better. Malley said positively he knew the prisoner.

The note, 15,071, for 5l., dated the 4th of August, 1817 was here put in and read.

Prisoner's Defence. I never had any notes but what came from my husband or brother. When they gave them to me, I asked them what names and addresses were to be put on them? I thought the names were those of the persons they took them of. If I had known them to have been forged, I would not have passed them. My brother's name is Burnsley Goodluck - He is now in the house of correction. I was his housekeeper.

GUILTY. - DEATH . Aged 35.

Of uttering .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Burrough.


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