16th February 1774
Reference Numbert17740216-3
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s
SentenceCorporal > whipping

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185. (M.) MARY DUNN , widow , was indicted for stealing a pair of bed curtains, value 10 s. two linen pillow cases, value 2 s. a bed quilt, value 15 s. a linen table-cloth, value 2 s. two flat irons, value 1 s. and a brass candlestick, value 2 s. the property of Thomas Rowswell , the said goods being in a certain lodging room. let by contract by the said Thomas to the said Mary , Nov. 13 . ~

Elizabeth Rowswell . The prisoner took a lodging of my husband at eight shillings a week, in Vine-street, at the back of Chandois street ; she was absent nine days, and the room was locked up; we got into the room and missed the things mentioned in the indictment. She used to go out of an evening.

Q. I hope you did not suffer her to bring any body in of an evening?

Rowswell. She never did to my husband's or my knowledge.

Sarah Ringwood . The prisoner asked me one morning if I would do a favour for her, and that was to pawn the sheets and the pillowbier; I did pawn them at Mr. Rochfort's in Covent Garden, for nine shillings and sixpence. I know nothing of any thing else.

William Dry . I am a shopman to Mrs. Rochfort, pawnbroker, at the corner of Russel-court: this Ringwood brought a pair of sheets and pillowbiers to me on the 19th of November; she pawned them for nine shillings and sixpence; she pledged them in the name of Mary Dunn .

Prosecutrix. Here is my name, and my husband's upon them; these sheets were upon the bed when I let the lodging to her.

Q. from the prisoner to the prosecutrix. Whether she gave me but one pair of sheets?

Rowswell . I asked her to come and have clean linen, but she did not; then I suspected her.

John Wood . I am servant to Mr. Murthwaite, a pawnbroker; the prisoner pawned a pair of check curtains and a bed quilt with me the 23d of October. (They are produced and deposed to by the prosecutrix.)

Prisoner's Defence.

I never pawned any of the things; I left the key with Mrs. Ringwood; the prosecutors came to me at the prison, and said if I would give them a sum of money they would not prosecute me.

The prosecutrix denied it, and was asked if it was true that she had proposed to compromise it, which she denied.

Guilty of stealing to the value of 10 d. W .

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