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<p>They broke open my house and robbed me, I live by
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<p>I stopped the prisoner with the bottles in her hand, coming out of the cellar door, I live in the house of Ishman Reeves, it was between two and three o'clock in the afternoon, on the Good-friday, I saw the woman at the bar coming out, with several bottles in her hand, two or three nights she lodged in the house with
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<interp inst="t17820410-72-person874" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> ; she had three in one hand and one in the other, I saw four bottles, I called assistance to stop her, she was stopped, Mr. Hellegar went to examine, and he took the
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<interp inst="t17820410-72-person875" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . What wine had you lost, and when did you miss it? - Three dozen and four bottles.</p>
<p>Of what? - Of old hock.</p>
<p>When did you miss it? - Upon Good-friday I believe it was missing.</p>
<p>Did you miss any before that? - I never minded it till this time, I am an old man, am fourscore years of age, I saw three bottles taken from the prisoner.</p>
<p>Can you by any certainty know that it was your wine? - I had seals upon it, it was part of the wine I had lost, I sold the same sort for three pounds, and three guineas a dozen.</p>
<p>Cross-Examination.</p>
<p>Was any more found than those bottles you mentioned, those three bottles, and the four bottles put by? - No.</p>
<p>You found three bottles, and four, ready to be taken away? - Yes.</p>
<p>Have you found any more of the quantity you missed? - No.</p>
<p>How did they get into the cellar? - They broke it open, t he door had been locked.</p>
<p>Did they break the lock or break the door of it? - They picked the lock, the padlock, or forced the staple, I had seen it locked about three or four days before this robbery; I have another cellar besides, she had took some and drank others, as she acknowledged, I dare say they sold it for a shilling.</p>
<p>PRISONER's DEFENCE.</p>
<p>What the gentleman has accused me of I am quite innocent, I know no more of it than the child that is unborn, I know no more of it than any body, they have sworn against me, but I know no more of it than you.</p>
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<p>Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.</p> </div1></div0>
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