6th December 1780
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58. MARIA QUEENLAND was indicted for stealing two table spoons, value 5 s. four silver tea-spoons, value 4 s. nine linen sheets, value 9 s. and three linen table cloths, value 2 s. the property of Patrick Quin , October 10th .


The prisoner was my servant . She had lived with me only nine weeks. A child found a pawnbroker's duplicate of a sheet, in the room where she lay; that gave me a suspicion of her. I went to Justice Wright and got a warrant against her and another servant of mine, and a Mrs. Riley, whose name was on the ticket. When the constable came I went down to the prisoner to know if she knew a Mrs. Riley, and finding she did, I took her only up. The sheet I had found the ticket of was not marked. The pawnbroker, after she was committed, found out another sheet, and a spoon, which she acknowledged she had pawned.

Was any promise made to induce her to confess? - I promised before the justice, the first time, if she would confess to all the things I would not prosecute her.

Did she own to the spoon before or after you made the promise? - Afterwards.

Did she acknowledge any thing before you made the promise? - She said before the promise, that she had only pawned one sheet.

Were any of the things found? - Only the two sheets and one tea-spoon. I missed at different times nine sheets, two table-spoons, four tea-spoons, and three table-cloths.

Are you sure they were in the house when she came to live with you? - Yes. About a fortnight before the linen was right, all but one table cloth.


I am a pawnbroker. I have a tea-spoon, which was pledged by the prisoner on the 16th of October, and a sheet which was pledged by Mary Riley .

Did you know the prisoner before? - I never saw her before. She pawned it in the name of Mary Queenland . It is marked E. Q. She told me it was her own.

(The tea-spoon and sheet were produced in court and deposed to by the prosecutor.)


I pledged a sheet with Mr. Harrison. The prisoner brought it to my house; she told me she got it from a friend of her's and she wanted to get a little money upon it. She desired me to carry it to the pawnbroker's for her, and she would have it out in a few days. I pawned it for six shillings, and gave her the money.

Did she ever give you any thing else to pawn? - No.


I brought it to her; she knew I was to bring it out on the Monday following. On the Monday I was taken up. I know nothing of the spoons.

GUILTY . Imp. 12 months .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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