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23rd August 1676
Reference Numbert16760823-1
VerdictGuilty; Not Guilty

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The Trial of three very young Women , who were grown so couragious in Villany, as to break open a house at Islington : one of them had a Mother liv'd there, and carried two of her Gronies thither, and about 12 a Clock at Night, they attempted with a Picklock to open this Neighbours Door; but not being able to effect it, she that was acquainted run to her Mothers and got a Key, and with that wrinch'd out some Nails, and took down a Casement, and so got in, whilst one stood ready at the Window to receive the Booty, and the other was very advantageously posted in the Street, to give notice to the Attacquers, if any Alarm hapned. They stole a considerable quantity of Linnen and Cloaths, and had done more mischief, had they

not been frighted with a noise, as if somebody were stirring in the Chamber; however they got away safe, but with such unlucky haste, that they left the Key in the Room, which the Woman of the house next Morning finding, and knowing it to be her Neighbours, whose Daughter was noted to be of an ill repute, she seized them upon suspicion; and they in effect confessed the Fact before the Justice: but the Jury found only two Guilty , so that their Scout was acquitted .


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