28th October 1820
Reference Numbert18201028-45
VerdictNot Guilty

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1272. ELIZA SMITH was indicted for that she, on the 30th of September , feloniously did dispose of and put away a certain forged Bank note for payment of 1 l., with intent to defraud the Governor and Company of the Bank of England .

THIRD AND FOURTH COUNTS, calling it a promissory note for payment of money instead of a Bank note.

FOUR OTHER COUNTS, stating the prisoner's intent to be to defraud John Sparry .


SARAH SPARRY . I am the wife of John Sparry , who is a butcher , and lives in Rosamond-street, Clerkenwell . On the 30th of September, between nine and ten o'clock at

night, the prisoner came and bought part of a shoulder of mutton, which came to 2 s. 6 d.; she gave me a 1 l. note, I asked her name, she said

"Smith, No. 6, Vineyard-gardens." I thought it a bad one, and gave it to my husband; he said he thought it a bad one, and gave it to Bradman, to take to Mr. Emery, the publican.

Cross-examined by MR. NORTON. Q. She heard you say you thought it bad - A. Yes. She was about twenty minutes in the shop before the constable came. Vineyard-gardens are behind my house.

JOHN SPARRY . I sold the prisoner half a shoulder of mutton, she paid my wife a 1 l. note, which she gave me - I suspected it, and gave it to Bradman to take to Mr. Emery, he and Emery returned with it in about ten minutes, and asked her name and address, she said

"Smith, No. 6, Vineyard-gardens." This is the note - (looking at it) - we detained her, and sent for an officer. She said she had it from her husband, who is a shoemaker, and he took it of his master in Norton Falgate.

Cross-examined. Q. You were busy - A. Yes. I might have received notes while she was there. We put her into the parlour while the boy went to Emery. I did not mix it with any other.

JAMES BRADMAN . I am shopboy to Mr. Sparry. He gave me the note, I took it to Emery to know if it was good - I did not lose sight of it. He gave it me back and returned with me. I heard the prisoner give the address, I enquired, and found no such name there.

Cross-examined. Q. What sort of a place is it - A. There is a row of about fifty houses. I only enquired at No. 6.

COURT. Q. Is there any other No. 6 - A. No, my Lord.

JOHN EMERY . I keep the John of Jerusalem, public-house, Rosamond-street. Bradman brought me the note, I marked it - (looks at it) - this is it. I returned with him, saw the prisoner there, and asked her it the note belonged to her? she said Yes. I asked her to step into the parlour, she did so. She said her name was Smith, and that she lived at No. 6, Vineyard-gardens. I said the note was forged, and proposed to send the lad to enquire - she said she would go and shew him, I said she need not trouble herself. He went, returned, and said he could find no such name. She wanted to go and shew me again. I proposed to send for a constable, she still said she lived there. Jordan was sent for; we went with the prisoner to Vineyard-gardens, she then said she lived at another place, and not at Vineyard-gardens; it was somewhere about Mutton-hill.

Cross-examined. Q. Mutton-hill is not far off - A. It is not a quarter of a mile. She said she had lived in Vineyard-gardens about a fortnight.

WILLIAM JORDAN . I am a constable. I took the prisoner in charge and asked her name? she said

"Smith, No. 6, Vineyard-gardens," which I wrote on the note. I and Emery went with her. When she got about half way she said

"I wish to go to my husband on Mutton-hill," and that she did not live in Vineyard-gardens. I took her to the watch-house, she said there that she lived at Pentonville, but could not tell what part. I asked her again where she lived? she said

"No. 6, Love-court, Mutton-hill." I enquired there, but found no such person, I told her so; she said it was the first court on Mutton-hill on the left hand. I went there - it was Saffron-place, and found one Smith lived there, but could not learn whether he was her husband.

Cross-examined. Q. Mutton-hill is much occupied by lodgers - A. Yes. I knew her before, and know her name is not Smith.

ANN HANSON . I occupy No. 6, Vineyard-gardens, and have lived there ever since it was built. The prisoner never lived there. I do not know her.

Cross-examined. Q. There are a good many lanes leading to it - A. There is Vineyard-walk and Garden-walk.

THOMAS GLOVER . I am an inspector of Bank notes. The note is forged in every respect.

JOHN COLE BAKER . I am a signing clerk. The note bears my name, but is not my signature.

Prisoner's Defence. I had it of my husband and did not know it was bad.


Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Park.

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