CHARLOTTE THORNE.
6th June 1821
Reference Numbert18210606-59
VerdictGuilty
SentenceDeath

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758. CHARLOTTE THORNE , was indicted, for that she, on the 14th of April , at St. James, Clerkenwell , feloniously did dispose of, and put away, a certain forged and counterfeit Bank note, which is as follows - (1 l. No. 63,211, dated November the 8th, 1820, signed G. Gordin), with intent to defraud the Governor and Company of the Bank of England , well knowing it to be forged and counterfeit .

SECOND COUNT, for offering a like forged bank note, to William Golburn , with a like intent, knowing it to be forged.

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

FOUR OTHER COUNTS, the same, only stating her intent to be to defraud William Bealby .

WILLIAM GOLBOURN . I am shopman to Mr. William Bealby , a haberdasher and hosier , who lives at No. 45, Drury-lane . On Saturday, the 14th of April, between eight and ten o'clock at night, the prisoner came in, and bought two pair of stockings, which came to 3 s. 3 d. She offered me a 1 l. Bank note, and said she lived at No. 17, Great Wild-street. I desired her to wait, and I would give her change - I went up stairs to Mr. Bealby, leaving her in the shop, and gave the note into his hands, he came down with it immediately, and enquired where she got it; I do not know whether she gave any answer. Great Wild-street is at the back of Drury-lane - I went and got the constable.

Prisoner. Q. I gave you my direction, No. 53, Charles-street, Drury-lane - A. She did not give that direction to me.

WILLIAM BEALBY . I am a haberdasher, and live in Drury-lane, Goldburn brought me the note up; I went down stairs with it and found the prisoner there; I do not know whether I asked where she got it; I sent my young man for an officer, she was taken to the watch-house; the note was not out of my sight or possession till I marked it (looks at one) this is the note; I have written

"Saturday the 14th of April, 1821, W. B." on it.

Prisoner. Q. I gave you my direction - A. I do not recollect asking where she lived, I did not go to her lodging, I went to two Nos. 17, Great Wild-street, at neither of which was she known.

ELIZABETH NEWELL . On the 14th of April, I occupied No. 17, Great Wild-street; the prisoner did not live there. I never saw her until to-day.

CHARLES ARMSTEAD . My mother-in-law occupies another No. 17. Great Wild-street; I live there also, the prisoner never lived there, I do not know her - there are only two Nos. 17.

JOHN HENRY GOVER . I keep the Falcon, public-house, Princes-street, Soho. On the 21st of March, about seven o'clock in the evening, the prisoner came to my house, for half a pint of rum, my wife served her in my presence, after it was put into her bottle, she tendered a 1 l. note to my wife, in my presence, my wife said she could not give her change, she said, that she lived servant with Mr. Rhymer, of Nassau-street; I immediately asked my wife for the note, and saw it was forged, there is such a person as Rhymer; I got up and asked her positively if she lived servant with Rhymer, she said she did; I said, I thought she was aware of what she was doing, she said she was an ignorant girl, and could not read, I asked if she was willing to go with me to Rhymer's, she agreed to go, and as we went, I again asked where she lived, she said she was an unfortunate girl, and resided in Drury-lane. I went with her to Rhymer's in, Nassau-street, the shopman said they knew nothing of her, she then said, some men gave her a bottle and note to get the rum and change; I took her to the watch-house, she was searched, and nothing found on her - I marked the note, (looks at one) this is it - I attended before the Magistrate, she was committed to Tothill-fields, brought up on the Friday, and discharged.

Prisoner. Q. I did not say I was servant to Rhymer - A. She did, and went with me there, to prove she was his servant.

CHARLES CHRISTMAS . I am an inspector. This is a forged note, in every respect, it purports to be signed George Gordin , but is not his writing, the other is forged in all respects, and comes from the same plate.

GEORGE GORDIN . I am a cashier. The names on the notes are not my writing; there is no other clerk of my name (read).

Prisoner. I wish to have mercy shewn me.

GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 19.

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Bayley.


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