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<persName id="t17401204-51-person364"> John Evans
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<interp inst="t17401204-51-person364" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . On the 8th of Nov. between 7 and 8 at Night, the Sash of my Shop was lifted up by some body, and three pair of Breeches taken away. On the Monday Morning I sent my Man about the Trade to stop such Goods if they should be offer'd for Sale; and accordingly on the Thursday after, Mr. Cope sent me Word, that he had such Breeches brought to him to be made up; I saw and knew them to be mine. I went again to his House at Night, and found the Prisoner there; it was then too late to take her before a Justice; so the next Morning we went to the White-Bear, in Row street, and she came to us; she denyed the stealing of the Breeches, but said at first, that she bought them over against St. Andrew's Church in Holbourn; and afterwards, that she had them from a Man, who lives in a Court in Drury-Lane.</p>
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<persName id="t17401204-51-person365"> John Cope
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<interp inst="t17401204-51-person365" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . The Prisoner brought a pair of Breeches to me to be finish'd; I imagin'd them to stole, so I stopp'd them, and gave notice to the Prosecutor.</p>
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<persName id="t17401204-51-person366"> Sarah Russel
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<interp inst="t17401204-51-person366" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> . The Prisoner left two pair of Breeches at my Room; and they were taken away by the Prosecutor.</p>
<p>Prisoner. Ask her if I am not a common Dealer;</p>
<p>Russel. Yes, and I always took her to be very honest in her Way.</p>
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<persName id="t17401204-51-person367"> Peter Sinques
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<interp inst="t17401204-51-person367" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I was sitting by the Fire, at Mr. Evan's, and the Sash was thrown up, and the Breeches taken out; but I did not see the Person who took them.</p>
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<persName id="t17401204-51-person368"> James Girdler
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<interp inst="t17401204-51-person368" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I was at Mrs. Pickeridge's, in White-Lyon-Street, on the 12th of Nov. and heard the Prisoner say, that she had bought three pair of Breeches, and some, other Things. I have known her 3 or 4 Years, and she bears a very good Character.</p>
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<persName id="t17401204-51-person369"> Ann Pickeridge
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<interp inst="t17401204-51-person369" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> . She was at my House on the 8th of Nov from 5 o'Clock, till near eleven at Night, - I never heard an ill Word of her in my Life</p>
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<persName id="t17401204-51-person370"> Rachael Fisher
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<interp inst="t17401204-51-person370" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> . I have known her between 5 and six Years. She always bore a very honest Character.</p>
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<interp inst="t17401204-51-person371" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I have known her three or four Years, and never heard no ill Character of her
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