6th December 1820
Reference Numbert18201206-50
VerdictNot Guilty

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50. MARY SINGLETON was indicted for that she, on the 25th of October , feloniously did dispose of, and put away a certain forged and counterfeit Bank note, with intent to defraud the Governer and Company of the Bank of England .

SECOND COUNT, calling it a promissory note for payment of money instead of a Bank note.

THIRD COUNT, stating her intention to be to defraud Richard Chappell .

RICHARD CHAPELL . I keep the Coach and Horses, public-house, Cross-street, Hatton-garden . On the 25th of October, the prisoner came, and bought a pint of rum. She gave me a 1 l. Bank note; I said I could not give her change; she said she must try to get change; she left the decanter on the counter, and returned in about five minutes, saying, she could not. She staid some time; my wife came down, and having silver, gave her change. I took the note, and asked her what name I should put down? she said

"Mr. Roberts, No. 25, Charles-street, Hatton-garden," which I wrote on it, (looks at one) this is it. She went away; I could swear to her coming there. I paid the note away - it was returned to me as forged two or three days after. I went to Charles-street, but could not find a Mr. Roberts there.

Cross-examined by MR. BRODERICK. Q. The note appeared to have been in circulation - A. Yes, seeing Ransom, Kirby-street, on it, I knew him, and thought it must be good; I inquired of him, but he knew nothing of it.. I only inquired at No. 25. She came before twelve o'clock.

EDWARD BECKWITH . I live at No. 25, Charles-street, Hatton-garden, and have lived there near nine months. I do not know the prisoner, she did not live there, nor any other person named Roberts.

Cross-examined by MR. BRODERICK. Q. Charles-street is a large street - A. Yes, there is another No. 25.

WILLIAM GREGORY . I am a linen-draper, and live in Aldersgate-street. On the 23d, the prisoner came; I had seen her there before. She bought some articles, which came to 8 s., and tendered me a 1 l. note. I gave her change, and asked her address? she gave me,

" Mary Singleton , West-street, Smithfield," which I wrote on it - (looks at one) - this is it - it has my mark on it; it is endorsed

"Sir William Curtis , and Co." Before she left, I sent it to a neighbour for his opinion - he returned it saying it was forged. I sent for an officer, and he took her.

Cross-examined. Q. The address was true - A. The officer said so. She was in custody about a week, and then discharged.

GEORGE GAY . I keep a chandler's shop, in Beecham-street, Brooks's-market. On the 7th of November, a woman came, and bought a piece of bacon, which came to 9 1/2 d. and she gave me a 1 l. note; I suspected it - I went out, and saw the prisoner waiting at the corner, about twenty yards off. I went to Leather-lane for an officer, but did not find him. I returned in about three or four minutes, and saw the prisoner again, walking up and down the street. I found the woman still in my house, and took her myself. I saw the prisoner in custody at my door, before I carried the woman away. Hudson, an officer, first came, and Norris brought the prisoner to the door. The third woman said, in the prisoner's hearing at the office, that she was servant to both of them, at No. 19, West-street, Smithfield. While the woman was in my shop, I saw the prisoner pass the door once after I returned from the officers; (looks at a note,) this is what Roach offered me.

Cross-examined. Q. You saw the prisoner at the corner, twenty yards off - A. Yes, she told me, she was an unfortunate girl - she might have seen me pass.

WILLIAM GLENDINING . I live at No. 25, Hatton-garden, at the corner of Charles-street; one door is in Charles-street, and is numbered 25. No Mr. Roberts lived in, or frequented my house.

CORNELIUS NORRIS . I am a constable, and live in Leather-lane. I was fetched to Gay's, and found Roach there - I saw nobody else there. Another officer was there before me. I saw the prisoner in Leather-lane, and took her, with another woman - they both began to cry. I had not said what I took them for; the other girl said she was a servant, and lived in West-street, Smithfield. Singleton said nothing.

THOMAS GLOVER . I am an inspector of Bank notes. The notes are all forged in every respect, and all appear impressed from the same plate. The signatures appear to be written by the same person.

JAMES VAUTIN . I am a signing-clerk. The note is not signed by me -


The prisoner put in a long written defence, stating that she took the notes from a person who had been in her company, she being an unfortunate girl.


Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Bailey.

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