14th May 1838
Reference Numbert18380514-1344
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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1344. ELIZABETH MARSHALL was indicted for stealing, on the 4th of May, 1 basket, value 1s.; 4 sheets, value 10s.; 7 pillow cases, value 2s.; 2 handkerchiefs, value 6d.; 1 bed cover, value 2s.; 1 petticoat, value 1s.; 1 quilt, value 2s.; 1 sofa cover, value 3s.; 1 other petticoat, value 2s.; 1 pair of drawers, value 1s.; 4 nightcaps, value 1s.; 2 shirt, value 2s.; 4 towels, value 1s.; and 1 shift, value 1s. 6ds.; the goods of Robert Henry Ford.—2nd COUNT, stating them to be the goods of John Collins.

LUCETTA FORD. I am the wife of Robert Henry Ford, and live at No. 6, Carlisle-street, Soho-square. On Friday, the 4th of May, at two o'clock, I took the articles stated, in a basket, and left them at Mrs. Collins's, in Little Chapel-street, to be mangled—I gave them to herself—I never saw the prisoner till she was at Bow-street—I never authorial her, or any one, to go and fetch the basket—I have never seen the thing since, except a small bundle which had been at the top of the basket, and that was delivered at my door by Mrs. Collins's little girl.

Cross-examined by. MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Who did you see when you took the linen? A. Only the little girl and her mother—it is quite impossible that the prisoner could have been there, so as to hear what passed.

CATHERINE COLLINS . I am the wife of John Collins, and live in Little Chapel-street, Soho. On the 4th of May, Mrs. Ford brought me a basket of things to be mangled—about a quarter to three o'clock, the prisoner came and asked for them—I never saw her before, but I thought she was Mrs. Ford's servant—she said, "I am come to fetch the stout lady's things from No. 6, Carlisle-street"—I said, I was very sorry the things were not done—she said, "Well, will you bring them home when they are done?—I said I would—about a quarter of an hour afterwards she came again, and said, "I am come for the things from No. 6"—I said, they were not done—she said, "I am to wait for them"—I went down stairs and brought them up—she said "Oh dear me, I am very sorry the lady has no change, only 1s."—I said, that is of no consequence whatever, my little girl shall go with you to take the basket, and can get the change—they came to 7 1/2 d.—I gave my little girl 4 1/2 d. to give change for the 1s.—she came back in five or ten minutes—the things have never been found—I have made every inquiry at the pawn-shops.

Cross-examined. Q. What was it the person who called upon you said about the stout lady? A. That she lived at No. 6, Carlisle-street—she said so immediately on coming in—I am certain of that—I said so before the Magistrate, and heard it read over to me—I am certain of that—I named No. 6, Carlisle-street several times, and heard it read over to me—I am quite positive it was a quarter to three o'clock when the prisoner came the first time, and the second time was about a quarter of an hour after, when she took the things away—she had on a black silk cottagebonnet, a very small shawl of a dark-mixed colour, a lavender-coloured gown, and a white calico apron, which was quite new, and which I believe my little girl has now got, for the prisoner took it off, and folded it round the bundle which she gave to my child—I am quite positive she is the person, and she is, well aware of it, for she knew me when I saw her in custody—she was taken on the 7th, in the Broadway, just past St. Giles's church—I have not been talking over this matter with my little girl—I have not questioned her about it—I have named the circumstance once or twice, but not to her particularly—I never asked her whether she remembered what dress the prisoner had on—I never had any conversation with her about the dress she had on—I swear that.

COURT. Q. Do you persevere in saying she is the same person? A. I am certain—I said so when I met her in Holborn, and gave her into custody.

MARTHA GILBEY . I am thirteen years old, and live with my mother, Mrs. Collins. I was not at home when Mrs. Ford brought the basket of linen—I was when the prisoner came for them—she came about three o'clock the first time, and came again about a quarter of an hour after—I am sure she is the woman—she said the lady had no change, and mother sent me home with her to get the money—I went as far as Dean-street with her, and when we got there she gave me a small bundle out of the basket, wrapped this apron over it, and said, "Take this to the stout lady at 6, Carlisle-street, and she will know this apron"—I went there, and she walked away with the basket and the rest of the things—she said she was going to No. 4, to Mrs. Smith's, with some sheets—I am positive she is the same person.

Cross-examined. Q. What makes you so certain? A. I sat with her in the room for ten minutes—she had on a lilac gown, and a black silk bonnet—I cannot describe what shawl she had—I did not take that particular notice—I never told my mother what dress she had on—I have not talked to my mother about this—I heard her mention it to my father, but not to me—I do not think I heard her tell my father what dress she had on—I know the prisoner from her appearance—she is the girl—I did not see her again until she was at the police-office—my mother told me before that that she had taken the girl—I saw her at the police-office after my mother told me that—she was not pointed out to me there—I saw her standing in the iron place alone.

JOHN PIKE . I am a policeman. Mrs. Collins gave the prisoner into my custody, and charged her with stealing the linen which was sent to be mangled—she cried bitterly, and said she was not guilty.

Cross-examined. Q. Was the little girl with her mother? A. No—the was fetched to Bow-street, and directly she saw the prisoner, she was certain of her—the prisoner denied the charge at once—she said before the Magistrate, that she had been all the day at home with her sister—I found 3/4 d. on her.

(Witnesses for the Defence.)

MRS. DAVIS. I live in Boyle-yard, Belton-street, Long-acre. I was born in the house, and have lived there ever since—the prisoner lived in my first. floor front room four or five months with her husband, who is a printer in the Queen's printing-office. On Friday, the 4th of May, he dined at home, and went away about half-past two o'clock—the prisoner was at home at the time, and did not leave the house till past three o'clock—I did not dine till three o'clock that day, and after dinner I went up stairs to ask her for a washing-tub which I had lent her—she was locking her door at the time—she said the had given it to Mrs. Jones, another lodger, and she then went out—it was past three o'clock then, I am sure—she had on the gown she has now, a shawl, and a brown bonnet—I never saw her wear any other than a brown or white bonnet.

MRS. JONES. I lodge in Mrs. Davis's house. I was at home on the day in question—I heard Mrs. Davis come up and ask the prisoner for her washing-tub—I think it must have been past three o'clock then—I said, "I have got the tub, Mrs. Davis"—I am sure she had been at home from one o'clock till that time—she had on a light shawl, a stuff bonnet, and the same dress she has on now—she never wore any other while I was in the house—she bore a most excellent character—I do not know how far our house is from Searle's-place, Carey-street.

ANN MARSHALL . lam sister to the prisoner's husband—I lodge in Searle's-place, Carey-street. On the day in question she came to my hoot about ten o'clock in the morning, and went away about half-past twelve o'clock—she came again about half-past three—she had on the same dress she has now, and a brown merino bonnet—she had nothing with her.

COURT. Q. What are you? A. A dress-maker—I lodge with Mrs. Gee, who keeps the house.


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