10th January 1781
Reference Numbert17810110-30
VerdictsGuilty > theft under 40s; Not Guilty; Not Guilty; Guilty
SentencesImprisonment > hard labour; Imprisonment; Corporal > whipping

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105, 106. SAMUEL LANE and ESTHER LAMB were indicted for stealing a pair of linen coifs, value 1 s. three linen shifts, value 20 s. and six pair of linen shift sleeves, value 6 s. the property of John James ; two yards of printed cotton, value 6 s. two linen aprons, value 2 s. a muslin apron, value 1 s. a silk cloak, value 2 s. seven muslin handkerchiefs, value 4 s. two linen handkerchiefs, value 1 s. six yards of silk edging, value 18 d. two gauze large caps, value 3 s. and two pair of silk gloves, value 2 s. the property of Philip Terry ; three yards of blue ribband, value 18 d. two yards of trimmed ribband, value 1 s. a small pearl artificial flower, value 7 s. two silk bonnets, value 4 s. five yards of silk lace, value 2 s. five yards of other silk lace, value 7 s. one silk cloak, value 5 s. a scarlet cloak, value 2 s. a linen table cloth, value 6 d. a lawn frock, value 4 s. and four linen night-caps, value 1 s. the property of Griffith Ellis , in the dwelling house of Philip Terry and Griffith Ellis .


I am the wife of Griffith Ellis ; Mr. Phillip Terry and Griffith Ellis are in partnership. On Wednesday the 16th of December between five and six in the evening, my brother Phillip Terry came into the shop and informed

us we were robbed of a bundle out of the shop; we pursued after the persons but could not find them; we enquired at the different pawnbrokers and sent an inventory of the things, the same as in the indictment (repeating them); one of the shifts had been offered to pawn at a pawnbroker's by Esther Lamb .

What is the worth of them? - They are worth together about forty shillings.


I am a constable. The prosecutor and I went to search Samuel Lane's Lodging; we found there these things; producing a small part of the property.

Philip Terry . These things are my own property.


The prisoner Esther Lamb offered me a shift to pawn; she said it was not her own, but a woman's who had lodged in her house three years; I refused to take it in. She said she would take it back and give it to the woman. I had taken in a shift half an hour before, when Esther Lamb brought this other shift, I said I believe it is the fellow to that brought half an hour before; I measured them and found they answered exactly and I would not take it in. This is the sheet brought half an hour before. (It was produced and deposed to by Margaret Terry .)


I am very innocent of it.

LANE GUILTY of stealing the goods to the value of 39 s.


Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice ASHHURST.

SAMUEL LANE and ESTHER LAMB were indicted for stealing four linen stocks, value 3 s. a corded dimity waistcoat, value 3 s. a cotton waistcoat, value 6 d. a pair of callico drawers, value 6 d. a cotton night cap, value 3 d. two linen shifts, value 2 s. a figured dimity petticoat, value 10 s. a muslin apron, value 6 d. two plain muslin aprons, value 6 d. three linen pocket handkerchiefs, value 2 s. a muslin handkerchief, value 6 d. two muslin caps, value 1 s. five cotton stockings, value 2 s. a pair of pockets, value 6 d. a linen cloak bag, value 6 d. two linen table cloths, value 3 s. and a linen napkin, value 6 d. the property of William Helsea ; a muslin handkerchief, value 2 d. a linen handkerchief, value 6 d. three linen shifts, value 2 s. two pair of linen mitts, value 6 d. four linen stocks, value 2 s. and two linen shirts, value 2 s. the property of Francis Helsea , December 7th .


I am a constable. These things (producing the goods mentioned in the indictment, which were deposed to by the wives of the prosecutors) I found behind a bed in Samuel Lane's lodgings; the prisoners lived together as man and wife. Esther Lamb was drying some of the linen; she claimed them to be her property. I asked her how she came by it; she said another woman, she could not tell whom, gave them to her.

Lamb. I took the things; the man is innocent.

Lamb was not put on his defence.



Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice HEATH.

[Lane: Imprisonment. See summary.]

[Lamb: Imprisonment. See summary.]

[Lamb: Whipping. See summary.]

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