28th October 1830
Reference Numbert18301028-14
VerdictsGuilty; Not Guilty
SentencesDeath > respited for pregnancy

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First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Park.

1854. RACHAEL (THE WIFE OF WILLIAM) ODDY was indicted for stealing, on the 13th of August , at St. James, Westminster, one 50l., three 20l., five 10l., and four 5l. Bank notes, the property of Mary Whitfield , in her dwelling-house ; and the said WILLIAM ODDY was indicted for feloniously receiving the same, well knowing the same to have been stolen ; against the Statute.

TWO OTHER COUNTS, the same, only stating it to be the dwelling-house of Robert Underdown , instead of Mary Whitfield .

WILLIAM BALLARD . I am an officer of Marlborough-street. On the 2nd of October I went to the Foot Guard barracks, at Windsor, in consequence of information which I received, and apprehended the prisoner William Oddy ; I told him I was come to him respecting a 20l. note be had changed at Knightsbridge - he said, "What 20l. note? me change a 20l. note?" I said Yes, at Knightsbridge - he said, "What me change a 20l. note?" I said, "Yes, at Knightsbridge, at the grocer's;" I did not name the grocer - his name is Lawrence; he is not here: after some little hesitation he said, "Yes, I did change one;" I said,"Then where is the change?" he would give me no answer- I then said, "If you will not tell me where the change is, tell me where the other notes are;" I told him a large sum of money was stolen at the time the 20l. note was, and he must know something about them - he said he had seen no other, and knew nothing about any others; at that moment I received information respecting a 10l. note, and asked him where the change of the 10l. note he had just got changed was; he then said he had given it to his wife - I again asked him to tell me where the other notes were; he said he knew nothing about them - I left him in the guard-room, in charge of the serjeant of the guard, and went immediately in search of his wife, in a room in the barracks, but found she was not there; I went down stairs, and saw her coming across the mess-room - a serjeant who was with me said we wanted to speak to her; we took her into her room - I said I had come to her respecting the money she had stolen from Miss Whitfield; she said she knew nothing about it, she had taken none of them, and asked"Where is Oddy?" I said, "He is in custody, and you must consider yourself in custody; where is the change of the 10l. note your husband gave you just now?" after some hesitation she said, "Here it is," and took this purse out of her bosom, containing nine sovereigns and 14s. - I asked where she got it she said it was no matter, it was her own; I then asked her "Where is the 20l. note you gave your husband, and which he got changed at Knights-bridge?" she said that was her own - she did not deny giving him a note, but said it was her own; I asked her to tell me where the other notes were - she said she knew nothing about them; I said the 20l. note had been traced to be Miss Whitfield's property, and she must know something about the other notes - I said, "At all events tell me where the 50l. note is;" she again said she knew nothing about them - I then began to search, and in her box found an old pocket-book, in which was a receipt of Cox and Greenwood's, the army-agents, for 18l. paid in there on the 23rd of September; it says "Received of Corporal William Oddy ;" I said, "Why, this must be part of the money - why not tell me where it is? I would rather you would tell me than that I should be obliged to pull all your things about;" she said, "You may find it if you can;" after searching several places about the room I said, "Have you no other box?" she said, "Yes, here is one;" it was locked, and I asked her for the key - she said she supposed her husband had got it; we looked about, could not find it, and I broke the box open - I shook the things as I took them out, and in shaking a shift this paper fell out; it

contains a 10l. and a 20l. note - I asked her again about the 50l. note, but she would give me no answer about it; among some old rage at the bottom of the box I found a 50l. and a 10l. note - I asked her if there was any other notes about; she said No, and I found no more - I found a man's coat, new, and a new pair of trousers in the room, not regimentals; I also found a brown olive cloth pelisse; I took her to the watch-house - as soon as we got out of the barrack gates she asked if she could see her husband; I said she should see him in the morning, but not till then - she said she should not see him at all, that she should not go to London, but should make off with herself, destroy herself, in consequence of which I got a person to sit up all night with her; I returned to the barracks to the man - he said he knew nothing about the notes - that he and his wife had had some words about them - that he had seen a 10l. and 20l. note in a purse, but did not know how she had come by them; he did not say what kind of words they had had about them - I took a silver watch from his person; he said his wife had bought it, and given it to him - there are two gold seals to it, but nothing was said about them. On the Monday, after she had been before the Magistrate, (the 4th) I asked her if she had any thing to say to me, for I was going to leave the office - I did not hold out either threat or promise to her - she said she would be glad if I would tell Miss Whitfield that she was very sorry for what she had done - that she had never been happy since she had done it; she did not know it was so much, and she hoped Miss Whitfield would not prosecute her this time.

Rachael Oddy . I never had the pelisse in my possession - it is a cloak. Witness. I found it in the room - this is what I found.

William Oddy . Q. Was the receipt found in my box, or my wife's? A. I should suppose it was his, from what I found in it; it was open - there were some brushes, papers, and letters addressed to him in it; it was in their apartment - he had only 1s. 6d. about him.

MARY WHITFIELD . I am a dress-maker, and live at No.73, Quadrant, Regent-street, in the parish of St. James - I have the whole upper part of the house; Robert Underdown has the shop, but does not sleep in the house - I sleep there. The female prisoner lived in my service for about two months, and left at the end of May or beginning of June - her name was Sawyer then; she has been married since she left me - I am quite sure she is the person; I know nothing of the man, and never saw him at my house- I missed nothing while the woman was in my service; I understood she was going to be married when she left - I understood that to be the reason of her leaving; I did not miss any property till the 16th of September - I kept it in a box; I had it safe on the 5th of August.

Q. Was it in your possession before she left? A. I may have had some of the notes, but I am constantly putting away money, and do not know that I had these very notes; on the 5th of August I had 180l. in Bank-notes in the box - there was one 50l. and twenties and tens; I do not know how many of each, but altogether there was 180l. - there is a lock on the box; I took from the same box, on the 5th of August, a 50l., a 20l. and a 10l. note, still leaving 180l. - there had been 240l. before; I did not lock the box when I took out this 80l. - it stood in my bed-room, and I do not know that I ever locked it again from the 5th of August till September, when I missed the money; it stood close to the folding doors, which open into my sitting room, under a dressing-table - the notes were in a small box within another box; I did not lock either box- I had received the 50l., which I left in the box, from Major Harrison - he is not here; I cannot say about any of the other notes - the female prisoner called at the house once after she left me - it was after the 5th of August, and before the 13th; she told me she was going to leave her husband, and go into service again, and wished me to give her a character - I told her I could not; she left the room I was sitting in - my bed-room joins that room; she did not go through the folding doors, but there is a door to the bed-room on the landing place - if that door stood open she could see the box under the table; I had two servants in my employ at that time, named Ann and Sarah - they are not here.

CHARLES EDWARD WALLER . I am a principal clerk in the Bank-note pay-office. I have two 50l. notes - one, No. 19,850, was paid into the Bank on the 21st of July, from the stamp-office - the other was paid into the drawing-office, to Messrs. Hankey's account; I cannot say on what day.

MARY WHITFIELD . I received the 50l. note from Major Harrison on the 9th of June.

HENRY MARK SHATTOCK . I am a pay-clerk in the treasury-office at the South Sea-house. On the 8th of June I paid nine dividends in the name of Harrison, amounting to 290l. odd - I paid it in Bank-notes and took the numbers; there were two of 50l. Nos. 19,849 and 19,850.

JOSEPH CALROW . I received a 50l. note from Major Harrison on the 9th of June, and paid it into Messrs. Bosanquet's the same day; I do not know the number.

PHILIP WILLIAM VAUGHAN . I am a clerk to Messrs. Bosanquet. On the 9th of June I received from Mr. Calrow a 50l. note, No.19,850, among other - I took the number at the time.

JOHN WILLIAMS . I am a clerk in the Bank. I have a book here, in which I find an entry of a 90l. treasury bill, for which I paid a 50l. note NO. 2996, dated the 29th of April, 1830, one of 20l., No. 9322, the 30th of December, 1829, two of 10l. Nos.9525 and 9526, both dated the 5th of May, 1830; I paid them in the name of Voutier.

AUGUSTUS VOUTIER . I exchanged a treasury-bill for the notes Williams has mentioned, and gave them all to Miss Whitfield the same day, the 26th of May.

GEORGE RUSHTON . I am a clerk in Messrs. Barclay's bank. I received a 50l. note, on the 5th of August, from Miss Whitfield, (looking at one) this is it, No. 2996.

WILLIAM BALLARD . I produce the purse she gave me from her bosom; the receipt for 18l. and the purse containing the 10l. and 20l. notes I shook out of the shift, and the 50l. note, No. 19,849, and 10l. note I found among the rags.

RECHAEL Oddy's Defence. I did not take the money from the box; I picked up a roll, which I supposed to be a small piece of paper, on the stairs - it was tied up with a bit of twine; my husband knew nothing at all about it.

William Oddy 's Defence. I married my wife from the prosecutrix's service, went to my regiment, and shortly after was ordered to Windsor - I was not prepared to take

her with me, and it was agreed she should go to service for a short time; I wrote to her twice to come, and the second time I received answer that she would be down on Tuesday, and when she arrived at Windsor I gave her what money I had, not knowing she had any; in a short time she told me she had got a little money - I spoke to her very strictly about it; she said she got it from her friends - I said if she got it honestly I wished to purchase my discharge; I came to town, changed a 20l. note at a grocer's and signed my proper name and address, and where my regiment laid - I came away, and told my commanding officer the money had come from her friends; I should be sorry to go to my commanding officer with a lie in my mouth - the officer came and asked me where my wife was; I told him in the kitchen; the watch was promised to me before my wife went into the lady's service; I understood she had the money from her friends in an honest way - I enquired at the office for the grocer, as I wrote my correct address on the note.

WILLIAM BALLARD . He asked at the office for the grocer to be sent for; I received a good character of him from Colonel Woodford, and from the serjeant-major.


The prisoner on being called up for judgment, pleaded that she was with quick child, which plea, a Jury of matrons having affirmed, her judgment stands respited .


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