29th February 1836
Reference Numbert18360229-823
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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823. FRANCES PURFIT was indicted for stealing, on the 24th of February, 1 sheet, value 2s.; 1 table-cloth, value 2s.; 2 pinafores, value 2s.; 2 aprons, value 2s.; and 3 shifts, value 3s.; the goods of John Eaton.

ELIZABETH EATON . I am the wife of John Eaton, of No. 5, Lamb's-buildings, Bunhill-row—my sister-in-law gave these articles to the prisoner to be washed, on the 24th of February.

ELIZABETH EATON, JUN . I delivered this property to the prisoner on the 24th of February—it is the first time she has wished for us—I gave her a tablecloth, sheet, two aprons, two pinafores, and other articles—they have never been returned.

GEORGE GLADWELL . I am a policemen. I had information, and took the prisoner into custody—Mrs. Eaton charged her with stealing a quantity of linen—she told Mrs. Eaton, in my hearing, that she had sold them to Mrs. Parry, of Playhouse-yard—I went there, and found out half the things.

PHŒBE PAREY . I live in Playhouse-yard, and keep a clothes-shop. I bought of the prisoner two shifts and an apron—I have seen her before, and bought things of her at different times—I gave 6d. each, for the, shifts, and 2d. for the old apron.

Prisoner. It was only 4d. you let me have for the shifts, and you put a mark on them for me to have them back from you at another time.

Witness. It is false.

MRS. EATON. These are my property—she washed for me twice before at my house, but never had things to wash out of my house.

(George Taylor, a copper-plate printer; and Obadiah Allen, gave the prisoner a good character.)

GUILTY . Aged 47.— Confined Three Months.

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