8th June 1791
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248. ISABELLA STEWARD was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 28th of May , in the dwelling-house of John Goodman , one box made of paper and rushes, value 1 d. twenty-one guineas in gold, and a fifty pounds bank-note, the property of Elizabeth Morgan .


I was at a visit at my brother-in-law's, Mr. Goodman, he lives at the Salisbury coffee-house, Durham-street, in the Strand ; while I was there I had a little box taken out of my big box, containing all this money in it, a fifty pounds bank-note, and one or two and twenty guineas, I cannot tell which, in the little box; there was no else went into the room, or into the house to my knowledge, therefore I charged the prisoner, she was a servant; some of the property was found upon her, the fifty pounds bank note; Croker found it; he searched her.


I keep the Salisbury coffee-house; the last witness is my sister-in-law. On the 20th of last month the prisoner came to me to be hired as a cook , she told me she lived with Mr. Hooper, the King's-head, Twickenham, the last place; and that Mrs. Hooper, in order to prevent trouble, had left her character with Mrs. Gillam, a housekeeper in Crown-court; I went to Mrs. Gillam, she gave her a very good character for honesty and sobriety, as if ordered by Mrs. Hooper. I saw Mrs. Hooper afterwards, and it was a fiction. She had given her no order, she had lived with her. On Saturday the 28th, the day week after I hired her, she went out, and returned much the worse for liquor; she went out the second time, and did not return till near eleven o'clock, very much intoxicated, and went to bed: about one o'clock my wife came down to me to inform me that her sister had been robbed; I went up to her room and enjoined them silence; accordingly I recollected the Brown Bear in Bow-street, and went there, and staid till Croker came in; I then went with him to my house, and opened the business to my waiter, and had him examined, and had his box opened, and nothing was found; we then proceeded up to the prisoner's room, she was locked in and in bed; after some time we got her to unlock the door, and let us in, and then seized the prisoner's pockets; and in one pocket we found some silver and some copper, and in the other four guineas and two half guineas, and the paper and rush-box, and the bank-note in it.


I produce the note, I found it in the prisoner's pocket in this box (a box produced of rush and paper) wrapped up in this India paper.


I am Mrs. Morgan's brother; she had this bank-note from me; the number is 1609, the date 27th of November.

Court to Mrs. Morgan. Was that the note you had of your brother that you lost? - Yes, it was.


On the 28th of May the prisoner came to me about eleven o'clock at night, I was in the bar making six-penny-worth of brandy and water; she said she wanted to speak to me, and would wish me to go into the kitchen with her; I said it was a busy night, what she had to say she might say in the bar; she said it was only to deposit a little

money with me till Sunday or Monday, and she left fourteen guineas with me, and at the same time she borrowed eighteen-pence, and for my trouble took a glass of rum.


I have seen no person in gaol, since I came into it; the gentlewoman that I put the money with was an old neighbour, and I had received it of my husband, who is at sea. I never was in the room where the money was taken out of, in my life; I know nothing about the notes. The pockets were none of mine.

The prisoner called Mrs. Norman to her character.

GUILTY , Death .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice ASHURST.

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