Lydia Willis.
14th January 1757
Reference Numbert17570114-28
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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85. (L.) Lydia Willis , spinster , was indicted for stealing one silver watch, value 3 l. the property of Henry Eliot , privately from his person , December 4 +

Henry Eliot . I was coming up Houndsditch , and met this woman at the bar. She and I went up a passage together. She wanted to get me into a house. She knock'd, but they would not let her in. Then we went up into the yard, and while - she pick'd my pocket of my watch. This was about half an hour after twelve o'clock at night, on the 4th of December. It was very light, so that I could see her face plainly. I came out of the alley, and she close after me. In about ten minutes after I missed my watch, so went back, to see if I could find her; but could not. This was on the Saturday night. On the Monday following I found her, and charged a constable with her. The next morning I took her before Sir Samuel Gower , and he committed her to Clerkenwell bridewell. I went to her in prison. She said, she knew where the watch was, and if I would come the day following she would help me to it, with proviso I would not appear against her. I went accordingly. Then she would not say anything to me about it.

Q. Have you got your watch again?

Eliot. No, I have not.

The prisoner had nothing to say in her defence.

Guilty of felony only .

[Transportation. See summary.]

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