Ann Wildman.
14th January 1762
Reference Numbert17620114-11
VerdictNot Guilty

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60. (L.) Ann Wildman , was indicted for stealing nine yards of black silk ribbon, value 4 s. the property of Richard Bilby , Jan. 5 . *

Francis Park . I live with Mr. Bilby in the Minories . The prisoner came into our shop on the 5th instant about five o'clock, and asked to see some black ribbon. I shewed her a drawer full. She took one piece, and concealed it under her apron in her left hand. She saw my colour change I suppose; then she offered me an orange, and shook me by the hand. Then she took up two pieces more, one of which she concealed in the palm of her hand, and dropt it out of her right hand into her left. Then she said she did not like the ribbons, and went to go out of the shop. I threw myself upon the counter, and took hold of her, and pull'd her in, and said, what are you going to do with these pieces of ribbon. She said she thought no harm; we were made to forgive and be forgiven. Presently her mistress came in, and said

we were only humming her. Then my master came home, and he gave charge of her.

Prisoner's Defence.

I went to buy a yard of ribbon. I did not take the ribbon. I hope your lordship and the jury will take it into consideration not to hurt me.

Mrs. Aldridge, Elizabeth Lodge, Elizabeth Fisher , Mary Parkerson , and John Ring , who had known her some years, appeared for her, and said she was a very weak, easy, foolish girl, next a kin to an idiot; and her mistress said she was very silly, but had behaved honestly before, and she would take her into her service was she clear'd of this.

Acquitted .

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