13th September 1780
Reference Numbert17800913-91
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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544. MARY LUCAS was indicted for stealing a silver shoe-buckle, value 5 s. a stuff shoe, value 1 s. a linen shirt, value 5 s. a linen sheet, value 3 s. and a pair of cotton stockings , the property of David Bagshaw , June 10th .


I live in Tothil-street . The prisoner was my servant . The things mentioned in the indictment were stolen out of my box; I had opened my box while she was present. I went down stairs and left her in the room; she brought me the key of the door down. I missed the things; in an hour after she went out and never came back again. We took her up about a week after. She confessed the fact. She had the buckle then upon her.


The prisoner pawned this sheet with me on the 10th of July, for three shillings in the name of Mary Brown . She said it was her property.

(The sheet was produced in court and deposed to by the prosecutor.)


It is nothing but spite and malice, I know nothing of it.

GUILTY . To be confined in the house of correction and kept to hard labour for 6 months .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron HOTHAM.

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