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<p>570, 571. (L.)
<persName id="t17710911-32-defend287" type="defendantName"> Mary the
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<persName id="t17710911-32-person293"> Christopher Preston
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<interp inst="t17710911-32-person293" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I live with Mr. Foot,
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<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t17710911-32-off174 t17710911-32-crimeloc177"/>; the two prisoners came to our shop on the 7th of August, between five and seven, under pretence to buy a child's frock, after giving a good deal of trouble nothing would suit them; our apprentice shewed them some. Jones went from the counter towards the door; in going along, I perceived her move her arm; I suspected she had something under her cloak; I followed her and brought her in from the door, and took from under her arm, the remnants of worked muslin; they laid on the counter ready to put up in a rapper (the muslin produced and deposed to.)</p>
<persName id="t17710911-32-person294"> Andrew Hawkins
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<interp inst="t17710911-32-person294" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I was behind the counter, they came in and asked for some low price linen; I believe Styles asked for them; there was none she liked, Jones's child was on the counter, she went to the door with the child; Mr. Presten brought her in from the door and took two pieces from under her gown, and two or three pieces fell on the floor; I went for a constable and took them to the Compter.</p>
<persName id="t17710911-32-person295"> Thomas Ham
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<interp inst="t17710911-32-person295" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I live at Temple Bar; they came into my shop; I suspected them, and I watched them into a great many shops, at last into Mr. Foot's, and we took these muslins from under their cloaks, one of them said to the other it was a very unfortunate accident or they should have had something; there were five of them, three waited at a distance, these came to them as they came out of the shop.</p>
<p>Q. How many shops did you watch them into?</p>
<p>Ham. I believe at least fifteen.</p>
<p>Q. From what hour?</p>
<p>Ham. From three o'clock till six.</p>
<p>Q. Did the same two people go into every shop?</p>
<p>Ham. I believe these two always went in; the others stood out, I think.</p>
<p>Jones's Defence.</p>
<p>I gave them the muslin out of my hand in the shop; I have been a very honest woman in my life time; I have two children; I work very hard to maintain my two children since my husband was pressed.</p>
<p>Styles's Defence.</p>
<p>We live in one house together; she wanted to buy a child's jam; I went along with her, we only went into three shops; we live in Angel Alley in the Strand; I was looking at a piece of linen when they accused her of this.</p>
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