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<p>I am a
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<p>Did you lose any stockings on Tuesday? - Yes, six pair of, fine cotton ribbed.</p>
<p>Was you in the shop at the time? - Yes, I am chiefly in the man factory way.</p>
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<p>I am servant to Mr. Saunders, on Tuesday night about the nine o'clock the prisoner and another woman came into my master's shop in
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<p>What may be the value of them? - One pound one shilling.</p>
<p>Court. That is three shillings and sixpence a pair? - Yes.</p>
<p>Did you serve the other woman with stockings? - No, she would not have them at that price, I asked eighteen-pence, and she wanted them for sixteen-pence, the other woman told this woman to go out and mind a jackass that they had out of doors; I suspected then that they had got something; and I told the maid as soon as they were gone that they had got something.</p>
<p>Did you examine to see if you had lost any stockings? - Yes, one Mr. Meecham came who had taken the stockings upon her, he asked me if we had lost any stockings, I said, I would look, I told him, I thought I had by two women who just then went out.</p>
<p>Did Meecham you what stockings he had taken? - He said, he had taken some stockings, I looked, and missed these six pair of ribbed white cotton, I had put them in the window about five minutes before; I then went with Mr. Meecham to a public house, next to Justice Walker's in High-street, and there I saw the stockings.</p>
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<p>I belong to the public office in High-street, Bloomsbury, and I am one of the deputy keepers of New Prison, about half after nine o'clock on Tuesday morning last, I met one
<persName id="t17831210-7-person160"> Mary Wright
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<interp inst="t17831210-7-person160" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> , and I suspected her, knowing her to be a shop lifter, she ran up Bow-street; and I met the prisoner in Hyde-street, and I suspected she had something, I saw something of a bundle stick under her cloak, I pulled her cloak on one side, and said, what have you here, she said, nothing, immediately from under her arm I took this bundle of stockings, there are she pair they have been in my possession ever since she said, she found them in an alley.</p>
<p>(The stocking deposed to by Holland, marked by himself, and also by Mr. Saunders.)</p>
<p>I have nothing to say, I found the stockings, and I met Meecham, and I told him what I had got, I took him to the place where I picked them up, that I am sure of.</p>
<p>Court to Holland. When you went backwards did you observe whether the prisoner moved from the place where she was or not? - When I went backwards I saw her at the counter and nobody else, and I saw her pull her cloak over something, I suspected her then.</p>
<p>Court to Holland. Is that the selling price? - Yes.</p>
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<p>Tried by the second London Jury before Mr. Justice WILLES.</p> </div1></div0>

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