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<p>96, 97. (M.)
<persName id="t17670115-11-defend133" type="defendantName"> Elizabeth Merchant
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<persName id="t17670115-11-person138"> Anne Letterman
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<interp inst="t17670115-11-person138" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> . My husband is named Charles; we
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<join result="persNameOccupation" targOrder="Y" targets="t17670115-11-victim137 t17670115-11-viclabel62"/>: last Saturday fortnight the two prisoners came into our house between nine and ten at night; I stood talking to them about two or three minutes; I gave a person change for a shilling out of a red barrel box, called a Christmas-box, and presently I went out; going cross the way to a butcher's, I put my hand in my pocket and missed my box.</p>
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<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="176701150009"/>Q. When you stood talking to the prisoners, how near to them was you?</p>
<p>A. Letterman. I stood close to them; I ran back and asked the maid in the kitchen if she had seen my box; she said, no, then I said, I am ruined; at my coming in White ran out of the house; the maid came out into the tap-room; the prisoners had called for a pint of brandy hot, but Merchant went out and left the liquor; there was 9 l. within about a shilling in the box; I advertised it.</p>
<p>Q. What sort of money was it?</p>
<p>A. Letterman. There were twelve half guineas, one whole guinea, and about 30 s. in silver, in such a box as mentioned in the indictment; among the silver there were two half crowns, and half a six-pence. On the Tuesday following
<persName id="t17670115-11-person139"> Elizabeth Haines
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<interp inst="t17670115-11-person139" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> came to my house, and said she heard I had had a great loss; she produced the half six-pence; I said that was what I had lost with my money; she told me she had it of the two prisoners; then they were taken up; these are the rags they had on when they were at my house, (produced in a handkerchief) but they were dressed out when taken up.</p>
<p>Q. Had they used to use your house?</p>
<p>A. Letterman. I never saw them there before to my knowledge; Merchant proffered to give me a note to pay 5 s. a week for the money, rather than to part with her new clothes, but at last said she would not, she should stand the chance.</p>
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<persName id="t17670115-11-person140"> Anne Mills
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<interp inst="t17670115-11-person140" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> . I am servant to Mrs. Letterman; the Saturday night this happened, my mistress went to go to the butcher's; I was called out of the kitchen into the tap-room; my master was in a box by himself; the two prisoners were by the fire; they desired me to make a pint of brandy hot; I put a pint of twopenny on the fire, and broke an egg and put it to the sugar; they wanted change for a shilling; I gave them 5 d. in change; they drank once apiece; my mistress came in; White immediately went out; my mistress said she had lost her box, with about 9 l. in it; she ordered me to light a candle and look about; then Merchant got up and walked out, and left about half the brandy hot behind them. On the Tuesday morning Mr. Brebrook brought the prisoners, and asked me if I should know the people that we suspected; I looked at them and said they were the people, though they were in different clothes, I picked them out from four other young women that were with them, all strangers; they were taken before the Justice; there
<persName id="t17670115-11-person141"> Anne White
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<interp inst="t17670115-11-person141" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> said, Merchant desired her to pick my mistress's pocket for the box and she owned she did it.</p>
<p>Q. Was Merchant prisoner at the time?</p>
<p>A. Mills. She was. Merchant said did not value it, they could not hang her. When they were in our tap-room Merchant said she was willing to pay my mistress a crown a week if she would let her have her clothes that she bought with some of the money: they were kept at our house from eight till two; and when going to go before the Justice, she proffered give us the clothes she had on. </p>
<p>A. Letterman. White would have delivered her clothes up with all her heart. </p>
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<persName id="t17670115-11-person142"> Elizabeth Haines
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<interp inst="t17670115-11-person142" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> . Last Saturday fortnight, between nine and ten, or thereabouts at night, the two prisoners came to my house; I keep a woman's clothes shop in Rosemary-lane. </p>
<p>Q. How far is your house from Mrs. Letterman's?</p>
<p>E. Haines. It is about half a mile distant; the prisoners asked me if I sold gowns; I said, yes; I sold each a gown, a pair of stays, an upper petticoat, a shift, a pair of stockings, a hat, a pair of shoes, and aprons; they had ragged clothes on, but they looked very smart about their heads; I found they had been at a milliner's shop, and got-each a new cap, and a new coloured silk handkerchief.</p>
<p>Q. What did they lay out with you?</p>
<p>E. Haines. I think the things came to about 6 l. 7 s. 6 d.</p>
<p>Q. What did you take them to be?</p>
<p>E. Haines. I thought they were girls of the town; such often come to clothe themselves at our shop; I thought they had had a good spark.</p>
<p>Q. What sort of money did they pay you with?</p>
<p>E. Haines. There were some half guineas, and one or two guineas; they paid for the things separate as they bought them, two at a time. One of them had a Christmas-box, such a one as Mrs. Letterman has described; the other took her money out of a housewife; White had half a sixpence in her hand, which she dropped; she said she took it just before and it would not go again; she said she would fling it away; I said, give it to me, it will go among old silver, so she gave it me; this is it which Mrs. Letterman has swore to. I hearing of this robbery let the prosecutrix know of the prisoners, and shewed her the half sixpence.</p>
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<p>This young woman (meaning her fellow prisoner) and I were coming up Red-lion-street, we went into that house, and called for a pint of brandy hot; I could not stay, and going away by a stocking shop, I kicked a box before me with some money in it; this was in Red-lion-street.</p>
<p>Merchant's defence.</p>
<p>I had been drinking with two girls; when I went out of the house, I saw White find the box; I cried, halves.</p>
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