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<p>* She was tried this Sessions, with
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<p>++ She is that same person who was convicted with
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<persName id="t17441017-23-person279"> George Cheshire
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<interp inst="t17441017-23-person282" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> , with which she gave me several blows upon my arms and back, and particularly one upon my left eye, which swelled my eye up, and cut it pretty much, and
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<interp inst="t17441017-23-person283" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> gave me a blow on the side of the head, with something she had in her hand, which I took to be a stone, or a brickbat, for it was very hard. I was so bad with their usage, that I could not work at my business for a fortnight. I went home directly to my landlady, I told her how I was used, and asked her to few my eye up, and she did something to my eye.</p>
<p>Q. What business are you?</p>
<p>Cheshire . I am a Cutler, and work with Mr. Bolton - He lives in Red-Lion-Street, behind the Counter in the Borough of Southwark; he did live upon London Bridge.</p>
<p>Q. Was the money taken from you by force?</p>
<p>Cheshire . Yes.</p>
<p>Q. Was you hindered so that you could not have prevented it?</p>
<p>Cheshire . Yes, for they confined me on both sides.</p>
<p>Q. Had you any more money in that pocket?</p>
<p>Cheshire. I believe I had a penny, or a half-penny more, but I will not say more than I know.</p>
<p>Q. Did you know the Prisoners before?</p>
<p>Cheshire . I knew them by sight, I have seen them sometimes, as I live in the neighbourhood; I knew
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<p>Q. Did you ever keep company with the Prisoners?</p>
<p>Cheshire. No, never in my life.</p>
<p>Q. Where do you live?</p>
<p>Cheshire. I lodge at Mrs. Dale's, in Cross-Keys-Court in Chick-Lane.</p>
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<interp inst="t17441017-23-person285" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> . And please your Lordship, and the Court, I was discharged last night from a robbery, and now the persons, who belong to Clerkenwell Bridewell, have brought this man in order to swear my life away.</p>
<p>Q. Were you ever before a magistrate with these women?</p>
<p>Cheshire . No, I was not.</p>
<p>Q. Why did not you endeavour to get them taken up?</p>
<p>Cheshire . I went to Freeman's , a publick-house in Chick-Lane, the next day, and enquired after them, and they told me they durst not tell me their names for fear of having damage done them, and I never heard any more of them, till I was sent for; after they were taken up.</p>
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<p>Q. What business is he?</p>
<p>Dale. He is a cutler.</p>
<p>Q. Where does he work?</p>
<p>Dale. He works on London Bridge.</p>
<p>Q. What is his master's name?</p>
<p>Dale. I can't tell, I forget, I am always so; this young man, [the Prosecutor] had been out, and when he came in, he said, Mrs. Dale, pray bring a needle and thread; and he said, Mrs. Dale, if you knew what a case I am in you would come and help me; said I, What is the matter with you? He said,
<persName id="t17441017-23-person287"> Nan Duck
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<interp inst="t17441017-23-person287" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> and two other women have abused me in this manner . His eye was cut very much. Mrs. Freeman, who keeps an Ale-house in the neighbourhood, knows this too, but she will
<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="174410170025"/> not come without she is fetched, because she thinks as she lives in the neighbourhood it will be a prejudice to her. I took a needle and thread and sewed his eye up, and put a piece of beef upon his face to lay the swelling; for it was swelled very much, and I believe he could not go out of the house for 6 or 7 days.</p>
<p>Q. How along is this ago?</p>
<p>Dale. I think it is about a fortnight ago, or it may be three weeks - I know it is but a small time ago.</p>
<p>Q. Where about on the eye was the wound?</p>
<p>Dale. He was wounded upon the eye lash.
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