26th April 1775
Reference Numbert17750426-33
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s
SentenceCorporal > whipping

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306. (2d M) MARTHA SLADE was indicted for stealing two silk gowns, value twelve shillings, a white linen gown, value six-pence, a damask petticoat, value two-pence, and a white dimity petticoat, value two shillings , the property of Ann Smith , spinster , April 11 . *

Ann Smith . I live at Mr. Ferguson's, Great Russel Street, Bloomsbury. I left the things mentioned in the indictment, in a box, with Ann Watkins , in Great Ormond Street , with whom I had been a fellow servant .

Ann Watkins . I am servant to Mr. Trant, in Great Ormond Street. Ann Smith lived fellow servant with me nine weeks: she left her box with me; she desired me to send it to her by the prisoner, on the 10th of April. I delivered it to the prisoner.

Joseph Thacker . I am a salesman at Uxbridge. On the 11th of April, the prisoner offered to sale two gowns, two petticoats, and several other things. I thought they were not her own; I got a constable and stopped them. (They are produced, and deposed to by the prosecutrix.) She said, at first, they were her own, but afterwards told me where the person lived, they belonged to.

John Read . The last witness gave me charge of the prisoner and box of things; the box was broke open.

Prisoner's Defence.

I took the box on my shoulder, it fell down and broke open, and one of the gowns fell out. I never was in a prison before.

Guilty of stealing the goods to the value of four-pence .


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