Elizabeth Taylor.
9th December 1747
Reference Numbert17471209-26
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation
SentenceDeath

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+ 31. Elizabeth Taylor , was indicted for stealing on the 27th of Oct . goods to the value of fifteen pounds, the property of James Traverse , Gent . out of his dwelling-house .

Mr. James Traverse . One Sarah Taylor , Sister of Elizabeth the Prisoner at the bar, I left in my house; I was absent from the 13th of August, and returned the 27th of Oct. I went again and stay'd till the 31st; so when Mrs. Traverse came to town, I desir'd she would examine her things. On Thursday Nov. 2. she found her drawers broke open; I carried Sarah Taylor before a Justice of Peace, and Sarah said it must be her sister or no body, the Prisoner owned that her sister had let her lodge in the house during our absence.

Mrs. Mary Traverse . The goods taken from me were 4 holland shifts, value 3 l. 3 muslin aprons, val. 1 l. 3 cambrick handkerchiefs, val. 4 s. 2 muslin handkerchiefs, value 3 s. 1 pair of jumps, val. 1 l. 2 l ells of holland, val. 5 l. 5 s. 1 silver strainer, val. 15 s. 3 pair of holland sleeves unmade, val. 3 s. 1 capuchin, val. 16 s. 1 piece of cambrick, 9 yards, val. 4 l. 15 s. 2 pair of ruffles, val. 2 s. part of a cambrick cap, val. 1 s. 1 cotton gown, val. 1 l, 1 s. 1 quilted petticoat, val. 5 s. &c.

Q. Where had you laid all these things?

Traverse. In my drawers in my chamber, it was lockt when I went out of town, the locks were pickt, there were six of them.

Q. Do you know any thing farther against the Prisoner?

Traverse. No, my Lord.

William Watts . I am Constable. On the 2d of November in the evening I was sent for by Mr. Traverse to his house, in order to take into custody the prisoner at the bar, Mr. Traverse gave me two or three search warrants to search for these goods, I found these things at Mr. Lugar's; here's a muslin apron, a cap and gown, a pair of cambrick ruffles, &c.

Mrs. Traverse would swear to these as her goods.

Q. Where did you find the other things?

Watts. We went to one Mrs. Eskirk's in Bunhil-row, a mantua-maker, and found seven yards of holland there.

Mr. Traverse. This is cut off from sixty one yards of Holland that I bought.

Q. to Watts. What other place?

William Watts . At one Mr. Barnes's a pawnbroker in Golden-lane, there I found seven ells of holland, and two cambrick handkerchiefs.

Mrs. Traverse. The aprons and shifts are marked.

Watts. At one Brightwell's in St Giles's I found these holland shifts: I heard the prisoner say, at Mr. Traverse's house, that she did the robbery herself without her sister's knowledge, and told where all these goods were.

- Smith. On the 2d of November I was sent for by Mr. Traverse to take the prisoner before the Justice of peace, and going from thence to prison she fell down in a fit, and when she got up again, as I was going with her to the prison, she said, if I would let her go back again, she would confess all, and she said she did it wholly herself without her sister's knowledge.

Elinor Hughes . She came into my house in Golden-lane with a parcel, a fine shift, two handkerchiefs and an apron, she said they were sent out of the country by their mother, and she desired me to pawn them for some money to pay for some stays for her sister.

Court to the Prisoner. Will you ask these Witnesses any questions ?

Prisoner. No.

Court. What have you to say?

Prisoner. 'Tis the first fact I ever committed; I came out of Cumberland about a year ago.

Q. Have you no Witnesses ?

Prisoner. No, my Lord.

Court. Did not you live at this time in service?

Prisoner. Yes, Sir.

Guilty, Death .Mr. Traverse the Prosecutor recommended the Prisoner to Mercy, as did likewise the Jury .


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