Hannah Gill.
8th April 1719
Reference Numbert17190408-10
VerdictNot Guilty

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Hannah Gill , of St. Botolph Aldersgate , was indicted for privately stealing 18 pound weight of Tobacco, value 14 s. in the shop of Thomas Winfield , on the 14th of March last. The Prosecutor deposed the Prisoner used to buy 6 or 8 pound of him at a time, to sell again; and that she came to him the Morning aforesaid and paid him 15 d. which she owned him, and wanted more Tobacco; but he thinking her to be in Drink set her down in his Back Shop, and left her there while he went to dinner, that coming back 2 or 3 Hours after he found the Cover of one of his Stands open, and the Prisoner with her Coat tuckt up taking the Tobacco and putting it into her Coat, which was tuckt up at such a strange rate that as she put it into her Coat most of it run out again on the Ground, there was some also found in her Pocket with her Money (about 18 d.) loose amongst it; the taking the Tobacco was fully prov'd by two others. The Prisoner at the Bar look'd very wildly, and did several mad Actions while she was at the Bar, and there were several persons in Court who knew her; one deposed he had known her 19 Years, and that she run mad when life lay in with her first Child, and had not been found since , though she had intervals of Sense; that she was sometimes raving , and it other times Melanecholy . Another deposed that the Night before the Fact she came to her Horse and appeared very bad. Another than liv'd in the same Court with her confirmed that she was Lunatick and that she had seen her dance naked in-the middle of the Court. The Woman who kept her children deposed that she had been to see her, and that she was so bad she did not know her, but said they were going to hang her for killing her two Children. The Jury upon the whole matter acquitted her.

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