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<p>570.
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<interp inst="t17880910-111-off462" type="offenceSubcategory" value="grandLarceny"/> stealing, on the 8th of July last, one silver watch, value 40 s. a steel watch chain, value 12 d. a steel key, value 4 d. a linen handkerchief, value 12 d. and two guineas and 5 s. in monies </rs>, the property of
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<p>On the 8th of July; I was then out of place; I am a
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<join result="persNameOccupation" targOrder="Y" targets="t17880910-111-victim883 t17880910-111-viclabel463"/>; I went into some company that morning, and I got a little liquor; and in the evening I lighted on these young women in Oxford-street, or thereabouts; it might be eleven or twelve; I cannot rightly tell; there were three or four at least, women in the room; I told them to go away; they asked me which I would choose; and I chose
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<interp inst="t17880910-111-person885" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> , the least of the two; the others went out of the room; and I undressed myself; and I pulled off my breeches, and laid them under the bolster; where I thought they were safe under my head as I thought; and I fastened
<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="178809100120"/>the door after that; and when I came back from fastening the door, the prisoner, Carter, was in bed, just in the side where I had put my breeches, where I thought to lay myself; I spoke to her, and asked her, if she would not choose the other side, and she said, no, and I said, I did not care which side; and I put out the candle at a small distance from the bed; then I went into bed, and we lay together, I suppose, for ten minutes; and there was a tapping at the room door, two or three times; and she called, and asked what they wanted; she did not get up then directly, but lay, I suppose, five minutes longer, and there was a tapping again at the door; then she got up, as I thought, to know what they wanted; and she went to the door; and I lay then in bed alone, all in the dark, and I heard some whispering at the door, when she opened the door; and I thought of my breeches, and they were gone; and I immediately called out, I was robbed, as hard as I could; I halloo'd out, two or three times, that I was robbed; and very soon after, I called out watch; and then there was a bit of a light, and some girl, or woman, came to the room door, and threw my breeches on the bed; and after that, the watchman came up; and I told him, I had been robbed of all my money and my watch; he helped me on with my cloaths; we went into the other room; there were two men in bed; and one man and woman were in bed; and we turned up the bed, and there lay my pocket handkerchief; and the watchman took it; and he put his stick under the bed, and drew out a little wooden box with a guinea in it, and some silver; the girl that had been with me was not there; a woman took us to No. 6, in Church-lane; and my watch was found at the watch-house, where the prisoners both were.</p>
<p>You was very much in liquor when you went with this woman? - Yes.</p>
<p>Can you say, whether
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<p>Was the other girl in the room at that time? - No; not when I went to bed, she was before; I am sure I had my property when I went in.</p>
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<p>A watchman, and confirmed the last witness, and saw the prisoner, Carter, come out of the house, with nothing on but her bed-gown, just before the prosecutor called him up; and a girl went with him and the prosecutor where she two prisoners were in bed; and Chambers took out a pocket from under the bolster, and the watch was in it; she thought to put it under the bed cloaths, and the other watchman took it.</p>
<p>(The watch produced and deposed to.)</p>
<p>To Prosecutor. Are you sure you had the watch after you went to bed with the little girl? - Yes, I am sure of that, after the other women went out of the room.</p>
<p>PRISONER CARTER's DEFENCE.</p>
<p>The Prosecutor gave me the watch till morning, and in an hour he demanded it; I went out directly, and met this other prisoner, and gave the watch to her; and I went to her lodgings in Church-lane.</p>
<p>ELIZABETH CARTER,
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<p>Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.</p> </div1></div0>
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