Elizabeth *Andrews, Sarah Page.
17th October 1744
Reference Numbert17441017-1
VerdictNot Guilty

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423, 424. + Elizabeth *Andrews , and Sarah Page , of St. Martin's in the Fields , were indicted for assaulting William Burton on the King's highway, putting him in fear, and taking from him a silver clasp for a stock, value 2 s. and a cambrick stock , value 6d. his property , Sept. 25 .

* Andrews said her name was Isabella Andrews.

William Burton . On the 25th of last month, between the hours of one and two at night, I was going to my lodging in Covent-Garden; but it raining very hard I was obliged to stand up, and got upon the steps of a night cellar in the Strand ; the woman of the cellar ( as I supposed her to be) asked me what I wanted? I said, I only stood up for the rain; but thinking she expected I should call for something, I said, bring me a pint of beer, and then I shall give you no offence: she would have pulled me down stairs, but I did not care to go down. The pint of beer was brought, I called a watchman and gave it to him, and he called a link-boy to drink with him, and asked me if I did not want a link. I said I did not want a link: the watchman said you are very safe, you may step down and stay till the rain is over. I believe I went down two or three steps, and staid about five minutes; I found the rain ceased, and went homeward. About three or four perch from the place I met the two Prisoners, and they said, Sir, where are you going? I said, I don't want any thing with you; they laid hold of me, and began to pull me and hustle me, and riot me to pieces; in the struggle I missed my stock and clasp, said I, You damned jades what do you rob me of my stock? For I missed my stock; but it is possible in the struggling with them that it might fall off, for it has fell off my neck two or three times as I have been at my work. - I missed it about three minutes after the struggle began; I put my hand up to my hat and wig to secure them, and called out watch, upon which Page run up an alley by Hungerford-Market, the watch and I followed her and took her, and Andrews was taken the next morning upon the steps of the Round-house in St. Martin's-Lane. - There was a Sailor with them but he got away.

Q. Did you find your stock and clasp again?

Eurlon . No, I never did; the next morning the Prisoners quarrelled among one another, one said you got it and you pledged it, one said she was innocent , and the other said she was innocent.

Prisoner Page . He said either Andrews or I took it, and then he charged Nan Roberts with it .

Burton . The other woman she speaks of was in company with them, but I could not swear that she touched me , so she was discharged before the Justice . - I am a servant at the Mows coffee-house, but my wife and I live in James Street Covent-Garden .

Prisoner Andrews . You said before the Justice, you could not charge me with it.

Burton . These are the women that hustled me. - They were not searched, the watchman said it would be to no purpose, for if they had it they had found means to convey it away.

Q. Was it a light or a dark night?

Burton . It was a cloudy night, but I am sure the Prisoners are the women. Acquitted .

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