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<hi rend="largeCaps">HARRIET OAKLEY</hi> </persName> was indicted
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<join result="offenceCrimeDate" targOrder="Y" targets="t18430508-1499-offence-1 t18430508-cd-87"/>11th of February</rs>, 1 50
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. Bank-note, the property of
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<join result="offenceVictim" targOrder="Y" targets="t18430508-1499-offence-1 t18430508-name-559"/>Edward Wyatt</persName>, her master, in his dwelling-house.</rs> </p>
<hi rend="smallCaps">MESSRS. CLARKSON</hi>
<hi rend="italic">and</hi>
<hi rend="smallCaps">DOANE</hi>
<hi rend="italic">conducted the Prosecution.</hi> </p>
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<interp inst="t18430508-name-560" type="given" value="HENRY"/>HENRY MILLS</persName> </hi>. I live at No. 171, Oxford-street, and am a jeweller. On the 13th of March a woman came to my shop about six o'clock in the even
<lb/>ing—I cannot positively say whether it was the prisoner or not—I believe now it was her—she wished to look at some gold watches, and pointed out one in the window—after some time she said she was commissioned by a young lady, who had lost hers, to purchase one—after some time she selected one at 12 guineas—she soon after selected a chain at 5
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. 15
<hi rend="italic">s</hi>.—she ultimately</p>
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<p>had six tea-spoons and a key—the total amount was 21
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. 10
<hi rend="italic">s</hi>.—previously to her looking at the spoons she said she wanted some other articles, provided I could give her change for a 50
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. note—I said I had no doubt I could do so, and then she selected the other articles—she produced this 50
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. note—I had not the change at home, and endeavoured to get it, but could not—I returned and told her it was past banking-hours, but if she had no objection I could give her a cheque for the balance—she hesitated a little, but at last agreed to take it, and I wrote a cheque on the Union bank, Argyle-place, Regent-street, for the balance, 28
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. 10
<hi rend="italic">s</hi>.—when she produced the note I asked her name and address, which she gave me, and I wrote it on the note, "Mrs. Price, 36, Stafford-place, Pimlico"—just previous to her leaving the shop she said, "You need not doubt respecting the note, (or something to that effect,) I took it of Mr. Wyatt, No. 360, Oxford-street," which I wrote on the note—she then left with the goods and my cheque—she was in my shop, as near at I can judge, half an hour—to the best of my recollection she had either a cloak or a shawl on—she had a white bonnet on—I have no doubt of that, and a black veil—I scarcely observed her face at all—she had spectacles on, and a boa round her neck, as far as I can recollect—I think it was a brown sable one—I did not particularly notice her person—she was sitting behind the counter in the corner—she appeared to me to be rather stout, but I could only see the upper part of her person—I directed one of my apprentices to follow her.</p>
<hi rend="italic">Cross-examined by</hi>
<hi rend="smallCaps">MR. BALLANTINE</hi>.
<hi rend="italic">Q.</hi> Had you known Mr. Wyatt be
<hi rend="italic">A.</hi> Not at all—his house is half a mile from mine—the female had a white chip or a straw bonnet—I think it was trimmed with black—I think I saw a bonnet, since that time, at the police-office—I have been shown a bonnet since that by the police-officer—perhaps it might be twice—I do not think he showed it me at all—he might bave shown me the bonnet in Court—it might be there—he did not show it to me—he did show it, I believe—he did not point it out to me particularly, to the best of my recollection—he had the bonnet with other things, which he exhibited—when he first exhibited the bonnet, it had no trimming on, I believe—I think I saw it again the following week—I think it had no trimming on then—I cannot recollect whether I have ever seen it with any trimming—I saw it at Marlborough-street, and I believe I saw it a second time—I never saw it with any trimming on it that I recollect—I think I was shown a shawl and a cloak—we were shown some clothes and a bonnet—I did not ndtfce them so particularly as to recollect from that time to this—I think I have not seen them since the second examination—I do not think I saw the clothes here last session—I might bave seen them in a bun
<lb/>dle, but not to examine them—both my apprentices were behind the counter when the woman was there—I said to one of them, "Follow her, and see whether she goes to that address she gave"—he went in the parlour, and got his hat, I believe—he might be from half an hour to three quarters before he came back—I sent my other apprentice to Mr. Wyatt's between half-past six and seven o'clock, before the one returned whom I sent after the woman—I ascertained immediately on his coming back that she had given a false ad
<lb/>dress—I sent to Mr. Wyatt again some time after, as he was to have come down, and I was surprised he did not—I saw him the following day about eleven o'clock—I was present at both examinations—I saw a pair of specta
<lb/>cles produced on the first or the second examination.</p>
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<interp inst="t18430508-name-561" type="given" value="WILLIAM"/>WILLIAM CHALLEN</persName> </hi>. I am an apprentice to Mr. Mills—I saw a female on the evening of the 13th of March—I am not certain that it was the prisoner—she appears to me to be the same person; that is my belief—I was in the shop all the time she was there—I saw her leave; and in consequence of di
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<p>from my master, I got my hat from the parlour, and followed her—when I got to the shop-door, I saw her ten or a dosen yards off—I am sure it was the same woman—I did not particularly notice her dress—I believe she had a dark shawl on—she had a white straw bonnet on—I do not know what it was trimmed with, but I think black, and a black veil—she had spectacles, and she appeared to me rather stout—I followed her to No. 10, Nassau-street, Middlesex-hospital—I did not lose sight of her only for a moment or two, while she turned the corners; but when I turned, I saw her, and I did not see any other woman like her—I am certain the woman who was in my mas
<lb/>ter's shop went into No. 10, Nassau-street—I waited about for three quarters of an hour, but she did not come out that I saw.</p>
<hi rend="italic">Cross-examined. Q.</hi> Were you near enough to see whether she did, or not?
<hi rend="italic">A.</hi> I walked backwards and forwards—while I was walking the re
<lb/>verse way she might have come out-Nassau-street runs parallel with Tot-tenham-court-road—it is not a very narrow street—her bonnet resembled a straw bonnet—I have seen a bonnet since at the police-office, at the second examination—it was trimmed with dark green ribbon then—I have seen it this morning, it has still got a green ribbon on—I could not say positively whether that was the colour that was on the bonnet when she was in the shop, it was some dark ribbon—I thought it was blaek—it was some dark ribbon—the veil was over it—when I went out of the shop, she was ten or a dosen yards off—while she was in the shop, I had not seen her back, and when I went out I did not see her face-she had not crossed the way when I first saw her in the street—she crossed when she got half wav from our house to Regent-street, and crossed back again—I lost sight of her while she turned one or two corners.</p>
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<interp inst="t18430508-name-562" type="given" value="WILLIAM"/>WILLIAM BURCHETT</persName> </hi>. I am in Mr. Mills's service. I was in his shop on the evening of the 13th of March, when a female came in—I believe the prisoner to be the same person—I noticed her dress—she had on a white straw bonnet, and I think, a black ribbon—she had a veil, and wore specta
<lb/>cles—I went by my master's direction to Mr. Wyatt's house that night—I saw the servant first, then Miss Wyatt, and then Mrs. Wyatt.</p>
<hi rend="italic">Cross-examined. Q.</hi> Did you tell them what your master told you to tell?
<hi rend="italic">A.</hi> Yes—I asked Mrs. Wyatt if she knew whether Mr. Wyatt had paid a female that day a 50
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. note—she said she did not know, but she had lost one—it was then about seven o'clock in the evening—I believe the prisoner is the same person—I thought she seemed then five or six years older than the prisoner.</p>
<hi rend="italic">Q.</hi> Did you not think and say that she was a much older person?
<hi rend="italic">A.</hi> I think I did, but I am not positive—the inspector of police has been to our shop three or four times, I think—he has not seen my master every time—he has seen him—I do not know whether he brought a bonnet with him—I am not positive whether he showed me a bonnet at my master's shop, in my master's presence—I forget whether he pointed out a bonnet to me in par
<lb/>ticular, at my master's shop—he came the first time with Mr. Wyatt—he did not bring anything then—I was shown a bonnet at the police-court—I think I saw it twice there, and I have seen it this morning—I cannot say whether it is in the same state that it was when I first saw it—I think it had trimming on it when I first saw it at the police court—I would not positively say—I was asked if I thought it was the bonnet—I think there was a pair of spec
<lb/>tacles produced at the office.</p>
<hi rend="smallCaps">MR. DOANE</hi>.
<hi rend="italic">Q.</hi> You thought she was older; but now, looking at the prisoner, do you think she is the person who was in your master's shop?
<hi rend="italic">A.</hi> Yes.</p>
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<interp inst="t18430508-name-563" type="given" value="EDWARD"/>EDWARD WYATT</persName> </hi>. I am a carver and gilder, and live at No. 360, Oxford-street, in the parish of St. James, Westminster. The prisoner has been employed by my wife as a sempstress, for cooking, and various domestic purposes, for about two years, occasionally—she was not living in the house, except for a certain number of days—I received, in January last, a cheque for 131
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. 5
<hi rend="italic">s</hi>. on Jones, Loyd, and Co.—I received for it two 50
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. notes, two 10
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>., two 5
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>., and the rest in cash, on the 13th of Jan., and on the 17th, I paid one of the 50
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. notes to Mrs. Whitehead, and the other I gave to my wife—on the evening of the 13th of March, I heard that Mr. Mills had sent.</p>
<hi rend="italic">Cross-examined. Q.</hi> You gave one of these 50
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. notes to your wife?
<hi rend="italic">A.</hi> Yes, and on the 15th of February she made a communication to me that she had lost it, and on the 16th also—I have here a memorandum, which I made at the commencement of these proceedings, and am certain it was on the 15th of Feb.—when I returned home, on the 13th of March, about ten o'clock at night, I received a communication from my wife—I went to Mr. Mills to iden
<lb/>tify the note—I afterwards went to Nassau-street—I knew from my wife that the prisoner lived there—the prisoner was in bed when I went there—she got up very shortly—I then went into her room—she was partly dressed—it must have been then about eleven o'clock—I said to her, "Harriet, you know what I am come for," or something to that effect—I do not think she said, "No, I do not"—I will swear, to the best of my belief, that she did not; but I was agi
<lb/>tated on going into her room, and I will not swear what was the first thing she said—I made it very short—I said, "You know Mrs. Wyatt has lost a 50
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. note, and you have taken it to a jeweller's shop, and bought a watch and chain with it"—she said she knew nothing about it—I think I told her the case was perfectly clear against her, and she had better give it up—I meant she had better give up the cheque and the articles, the produce of the note—she said, "If you think proper, bring a policeman in directly, and search every part of the bouse, I am quite willing to submit to it," but 1 left her, and went home—I know that a gentleman named Leader called on her, but not by my direction—I told the prisoner, that if she would give up the cheque and the produce I would not prosecute her—I very unwillingly prosecuted her afterwards—she had been a good servant, as for as we knew; but when I was afterwards at her lodging I saw a pair of sheets that I was quite certain she had pilfered from our house—Mr. Leader went to the prisoner at the instiga
<lb/>tion of my wife—I returned home the day after I had been to the prisoner, and found her at my house—I had been to the office when my wife told me the note was lost, and got a warrant to search the prisoner's apartment—she came to my bouse two or three times afterwards—I did not say a word to her about it.</p>
<hi rend="smallCaps">MR. DOANE</hi>.
<hi rend="italic">Q.</hi> Why not?
<hi rend="italic">A.</hi> In consequence of advice from the office—I asked the prisoner to give up the property, and the cheque for 28
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. 10
<hi rend="italic">s</hi>.—she laid quite prostrate on the ground, and seemed quite imploring—she kept saying, "Oh, Mr. Wyatt, I have not got it—I cannot do it—I cannot do it"—that was the property I told her she had purchased, and the cheque—that was the answer she made, that she had not got it—I did not like to call in an officer that night—I went the next morning to South Lambeth, to consult with a friend—I went the next morning, between ten and eleven o'clock, to the prisoner's room, and saw the sheets—this is the note I lost—(
<hi rend="italic">looking at</hi>
<hi rend="italic">it</hi>)—it is No. 04528.</p>
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<interp inst="t18430508-name-564" type="given" value="FRANCES"/>FRANCES WYATT</persName> </hi>. On the 17th of January I received from my hus
<lb/>band a 50
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. note, with three 5
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. notes and a 10
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. note—I put them in a pocket-book, in a drawer in my bed-room—the drawer bad no lock to it—the prisoner</p>
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<p>was employed by me, from time to time, during Jan. and Feb—I perfectly remember that the was with me on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th of Feb.—on the 30th of Jan. I took a 5
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. note from the same pocket-book that these notes were in, but not from that sum—that sum was then safe—I saw the 50
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. note there—I went to the drawer after that, but I did not go to the money till the 15th of Feb.—I then missed the 50
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. note—the 25
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. was there—the prisoner had left me early in Jan., she being in the family way, but she came occasionally in Jan. and Feb.—she always had access to the room in which the drawer was—she has been since confined—I knew she lived at No. 10, Nassau-street.</p>
<hi rend="italic">Cross-examined. Q.</hi> Twenty-five remained in the pocket-book?
<hi rend="italic">A.</hi> Yes—three 5
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. notes and a 10
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. note—there had frequently been other cash there—the prisoner was at my house on the 1st of Feb.—she came early in the morn
<lb/>ing on the 2nd, and worked at her needle in the drawing-room with me—on the 5th of Feb. she left me about ten o'clock at night—the last time she was at my house, was on the 11th of March—she then came there to help me to make a cake, just as we were going to dinner—she sat while we dined, and then assisted me—I did not send Mr. Leader to her house with a message—I sent to him to tell him of my distress, and he offered to go to her—he re
<lb/>turned, and she came immediately afterwards—I recognised a bonnet at her lodging as being one that she was in the habit of wearing—my daughter put the trimming on it—it was crushed away with some old ones—thrust into some others—it was the inner one—the trimming was then taken off—my friend re
<lb/>cognised the trimming, and my daughter put it on—after the prisoner left me, I was without a servant for some time—I got one on the 6th of March—till then I had done as well as I could—I bad an old charwoman come occasion
<lb/>ally—I had had her for some years—she was the only person who came after the 1st of Feb.—I am quite certain of that—we have a lad who does not live in the house—the female who came on the 6th of March is thirteen years old—she is with me still—I have a son living at home, and one daugh
<lb/>ter, who trimmed the bonnet—my servant-of-all-work left at the time I dis
<lb/>missed the prisoner, which I think was on the 15th of Jan.—I never knew the prisoner to wear spectacles—her sight was perfectly good.</p>
<hi rend="smallCaps">MR. DOANE</hi>.
<hi rend="italic">Q.</hi> Did the servant of-all-work wear spectacles?
<hi rend="italic">A.</hi> No, nor the charwoman—I think the servant occasionally wore a black veil.</p>
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<interp inst="t18430508-name-565" type="given" value="JAMES LAKE"/>JAMES LAKE COY</persName> </hi>. I am a clerk in the banking-house of Jones, Loyd, and Co. On thr 13th of Jan. I cashed a cheque of Lady Cross, for 131
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. 5
<hi rend="italic">s</hi>.—I gave two 50
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. notes—this is one of them—(
<hi rend="italic">looking at it.</hi>)</p>
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<interp inst="t18430508-name-566" type="given" value="JOHN MASSEY"/>JOHN MASSEY TIERNEY</persName> </hi>. I am inspector of the A division of police. On the 14th of March I found the prisoner at Mr. Wyatt's—I told her she was charged with stealing a 50
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. note, the property of Mr. Wyatt—she denied it—I took her to the station in Vine-street—I asked for the key of her room, which she gave me—I then went to the second floor front room at No. 10, Nassau-street, which I found locked—the key the prisoner gave me unlocked it—I found in that room two paper parcels, one contained two sovereigns and six half-sovereigns, and the other three sovereigns and two half-sovereigns—I found 18
<hi rend="italic">s</hi>. 6
<hi rend="italic">d</hi>. in silver, and 2 1/2
<hi rend="italic">d</hi>. in copper—I found some wearing a
<lb/>parel, and two boas, one of which is brown—a shawl, and this straw bonnet crushed, and put inside two other bonnets—this trimming, which is on it now, was taken off and put into a child's bonnet in the same box—I put it on this bonnet myself—I also found a black lace veil.</p>
<hi rend="italic">Cross-examined. Q.</hi> When did you get the key of her lodging?
<hi rend="italic">A.</hi> On the morning of the 14th—I made a cursory search the same morning before</p>
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<p>going before the Magistrate—I found these articles on the Thursday follow
<lb/>ing—I had in the meantime kept the key—I was twice before the Magistrate—I do not know that I showed this bonnet to Mr. Wyatt—it was before the Magistrate—I do not know whether I took it out of the bundle—I do not re
<lb/>collect that I showed it to him at any time, nor to Mr. Mills—he might have seen it before the Magistrate—I do not remember that I showed it him—I am almost sure I did not—I do not know that I showed it at Mr. Mills's shop to either of his shop boys or apprentices—I showed the shawl to Chal
<lb/>len, in the room—I went to Mills's shop frequently—I did not see Mr. Mills every time—I went there to caution them to be at Marlborough-street—I went one erening to take one of his apprentices with me about a French bas
<lb/>ket, which it was said the party who purchased the watch had on her arm—I did not find a French basket at the prisoner's lodging—I went to her lodg
<lb/>ing again, I think, on the morning before the examination, at Marlborough-street, but I cannot be positive—I took no notice of it—I saw two persons who came for the prisoner—I did not tell them to go away—I saw them with the witnesses for the prosecution, and I did not think that proper—I did not find any spectacles.</p>
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<interp inst="t18430508-name-567" type="given" value="ELISABETH"/>ELISABETH GILBERT</persName> </hi>. I live at No. 10, Nassau-street, Middlesex Hos
<lb/>pital—the prisoner lodged in the first floor back room—she then went from me, and took the front room up stairs—the was lodging there on the 13th of March—I never saw her in that room but once, which was the day before this happened—I went up to her then—I did not notice what dress she had on—she came down to my room that evening—she was then in a black dress as usual.</p>
<hi rend="italic">Cross-examined. Q.</hi> What time was that?
<hi rend="italic">A.</hi> I should think between six and seven o'clock—she had no bonnet on—she conducted herself very well in point of honesty, for what I know—I never saw her in a pair of spectacles.</p>
<hi rend="smallCaps">JURY</hi>.
<hi rend="italic">Q.</hi> Do you know whether the prisoner went out that day at all?
<hi rend="italic">Witness.</hi> Not to my knowledge—the bad a key to let herself in and out.</p>
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