Maria Howell, Theft > grand larceny, Theft > grand larceny, 16th September 1761.

225. (M) Maria Howell , spinster , was indicted for stealing one dimity waistcoat, value 4 s. 6 d. and one brush, value 6 d. the property of Thomas Finney , August 28 .~

Thomas Finney . I live in East-street, Red-lion-square .

Q. What are you?

Finney. I am a taylor , on the 28th of August, in the morning, I heard somebody call on the stairs, Mr. or Mrs. Finney, I could not tell which. Some time after I saw the prisoner come down stairs with a bundle, tied up in her apron; I asked her who she wanted, and what she had in her apron; she said I had no business to enquire what she had in her apron; she had been up with the taylors, and brought a waistcoat of her master's to be mended. I asked her who her master was; she said, Mr. Williams. I looked into her apron, and there I found a waistcoat and brush, my property. Then she offered to down on her knees to ask pardon.

Q. What room were the waistcoat and brush taken from?

Finney. The waistcoat was in a two-pair of stairs room, and the brush in the dining-room.

Prisoner's Defence.

I'am not guilty I am sure.

Guilty 10 d.

226. (M) She was a second time indicted by the same name, for stealing two harrateen bed-curtains, value 4 s. and one brass sauce-pan, value 1 s. the property of Thomas Booth , August 19 .

Thomas Booth . I live in Queen's-court, Holbourn.

Q. What are you?

Booth. I am a shoemaker , a person that lives in a one-pair of stairs room got up, on the 18th or 19th of August, went out, and left the door open. The prisoner came in, and took away the things mentioned in the indictment.

Q. How do you know that?

Booth. They were advertised for the owner of them to come to justice Welch's. I went and took my cash that they were my property, and Mr. Ray was there; he took his oath that he bought them of the prisoner at the bar, and the prisoner confessed it to me in the Round house.

Mr. Ray. I bought these harateen curtains, and sauce pan, of the prisoner at the bar. [ Producing them.]

Prosecutor. These are my property, and what were taken out of my house.

Q. Where did you buy them?

Ray. I bought them in Monmouth-street.

Q. When?

Ray. I cannot tell the time justly, it was about five weeks ago.

The prisoner was very ill of the gaol distemper, and said nothing in her defence. Guilty 10 d. On the account of her illness she was privately whipped, and turned out immediately .

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