Samuel Smith.
28th February 1681
Reference Numbert16810228-10
VerdictNot Guilty

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Samuel Smith , living in St. Martins Lane , was Indicted for Ravishing one Dorothy Palmer , a Girl about 11 years of Age , which according to the Evidence of the Girl was thus, he being her Grandfathers Apprentice , who is a Harness maker , on the 24 of January last, she going there when all the Family except the Prisoner were abroad, he got her into a great Chair, and forced her, giving to boot the foul Disease, which upon search was found upon him, of which the Girl complained not of till two days after, when he being Apprehended and carried before a Magistrate, confessed the Fact, but it not being known whether the Girl did consent or not, and some other nice point in Law, he was found not Guilty .

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