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<interp inst="t17980912-56-person586" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - I work in Mr. Garton's shop: On the 2d of August, between four and five, the two prisoners came into my master's shop, and asked the price of some cotton stockings; they would not suit them; they saw some silk gloves, and asked the price of them; they would not do; Lawrence said, she wanted a little flannel, about 1s. 6d. a yard; she took the shopman to the window next Lawrence-lane, to look at the flannel; in the mean time I happened to turn my head, and saw Smith put some silk stockings under her bonnet upon her head; I thought it was time for me to jump from my frame; I tapped her on the shoulder, and said, madam, what have you got in your bonnet? she said, nothing at all; I said, I know better than that, I took her bonnet off her head, and there were four pair of silk stockings, I laid them upon the counter separate from the rest, but desired the shopman to call my master.</p>
<p>Q. Do you know that they were your master's property? - A. I saw her take them off the counter, I saw them brought in that morning by the trimmer, there were fifteen pair of them.</p>
<p>Cross-examined by Mr. Gurney. (For Lawrence.) Q. You do not mean to say that these two persons came in together? - A. Yes, they came in together as night as possible at the same time.</p>
<p>Q. Smith asked to look at some stockings and gloves? - A. I did not pay attention which asked that.</p>
<p>Q. It might be Smith for any thing you know? - A. I cannot say.</p>
<p>Q. Lawrence asked for flannel? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Q. She was in a different part of the shop? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Cross-examined by Mr. Alley. (For Smith.) Q. Whereabouts in the shop was Smith? - A. If you will go to the shop I will shew you, I cannot tell you exactly without; I saw her take the shopman to the window next Lawrence-lane.</p>
<p>Q. Where about were you in the shop? - A. I was at work in the frame in the shop.</p>
<p>Q. You were making stockings? - A. No, we make but one at a time.</p>
<p>Q. You were not behind the counter serving? - A. No.</p>
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<interp inst="t17980912-56-person587" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - I am constable of the Ward of Cheap: On the 2d of August, between four and five, I was sent for to take charge of the prisoners, which I did; I have had the stockings ever since. (Produces them.)</p>
<p>Mr. Garton. These are my stockings, I can swear to every pair; they have my own private mark.</p>
<p>Mr. Gurney. Q. Have you any partner? - A. No.</p>
<p>Q. No other person has any share in your busisiness? - A. No.</p>
<p>Q. Is this your dwelling-house? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Mr. Alley. Q. You sell your stockings rather dear, I think? - A. I do not know for that; they cost me eleven shillings a pair.</p>
<p>Q. Do you mean to say this pair of stockings is worth eleven shillings? - A. That is not worth quite so much, but they cost me that.</p>
<p>Lawrence's defence. I was at a different part of the shop, I do not know any thing about it.</p>
<p>Smith's defence. It was only through the constable's persuasions that the gentleman did not forgive us and let us go.</p>
<p>The prisoner Lawrence called one, and Smith two witnesses, who gave them a good character.</p>
<p>Lawrence, GUILTY (Aged 18.)</p>
<p>Smith, GUILTY (Aged 16.)</p>
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