ANN HOLT, Theft > grand larceny, 15th January 1783.

Reference Number: t17830115-8
Offence: Theft > grand larceny
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Miscellaneous > fine; Imprisonment > hard labour
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93. ANN HOLT was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 25th of November last, a wooden box, value 6 d. three stuff petticoats, value 15 s. a flannel petticoat, value 12 d. a pair of green cuffs, value 6 d. seven muslin handkerchiefs, value 1 s. 6 d. one silk handkerchief, value 1 s. three silk ribbons, value 6 d. one pair of laced robins, value 6 d. one other pair of laced robins, value 3 d. and one scarlet cloak, value 1 s. 6 d. the goods of Mary Shepherd , spinster .


On the 25th of November last I lost the things mentioned in the indictment.

What is the value of those things as near as you can guess? - I do not know.

Court. Were they worth a guinea or two guineas in the whole? - A guinea.

Where were those things? - In my father's house, in Wells street, Hackney , the prisoner was seen go along with the box by the watchman.


The prisoner brought the box to the house where I live, and broke it open, and took the property out of the box, I saw her.

Court. Why did not you stop her? - I had no suspicion of any such thing.

Did not you think it suspicious, when you saw her break open the box? - No.

What did you suppose she was breaking open the box for? - She said she had lost the key.

You did not know whose box it was? - No, far from it.

Did she belong to the house? - They took her in out of charity, filled her belly and gave her shelter, the box was broke open in the house where I dwell, and I burnt the lid of it to light my fire, the remainder is in court.


I am watchman, the prisoner came past me, and said, her sister was just come to London, and she had got her box, and she was gone round the other way; so I went with her, knowing her to be a neighbour, I did not mistrust her.


I took the prisoner at Billinsgate; I accused her of the robbery, and she owned it to me, she said she was very sorry that she had done it.

Court. Did you make any promises to her to induce her to confess? - No, she confessed without, she said, she had pawned one of the petticoats for 5 s. in Kent-street; I fetched it away, it is here, I went to the lodging house, where she had broke the box open, there I took the box, and the woman shewed me to the pawnbroker's where the other petticoat was.

(The box and two petticoats produced and deposed to.)


They took me home, my father did to his house, we was very much in liuqor drinking, I took my shoes off my feet for more liquor, I offered to pay whatever the

things came to, and I never was guilty of such a thing in my life.

GUILTY , To be fined 1 s. and confined to hard labour six months in the house of correction .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice ASHURST.

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