6th April 1785
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421. ANN FOWLES was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 11th day of March last, one silk and cotton gown, value 4 s. one cotton gown, value 10 s. one bed-gown, value 10 s. one stuff petticoat, value 5 s. one black silk cloak, value 20 s. one lawn frock, value 5 s. and one dimity skirt, value 2 s. the property of Elizabeth Hughes .


I live in Old Gravel-lane ; I lost the things mentioned in the indictment on the 11th of March last, somebody broke into my room, I was out; I went out about half an hour past two, I did not return till half an hour past four; I locked my room, and when I came home the door was open, and a good many people in the room, and the thief was taken up.


About four in the afternoon, on the 11th of March, I went into the yard, it looked into the prosecutor's room, and I saw a person taking some things off the drawers; I gave intelligence, and I pursued her, and caught her, and brought her back, with the things in her apron, quite home to the room; the prisoner dropped the things in the room when she came back, and I gave the things to James Jones .


(Produces the things, which were deposed to.)

I was sent for to take charge of the prisoner.

- STODDART sworn.

I was in my room, and Mr. Evans came into my passage, and had hold of the prisoner, bringing her back towards his own home; I went to see what was the matter, and these things were laying at the prisoner's feet; when I saw them, I saw something in her lap, but I did not see them drop out of her apron.


I lodged along with the old woman that lives up stairs, and the prosecutor's door was open, and I went in and saw the things were gone, and I went to look for the prosecutrix, to tell her, and they came and took me.


Transported for seven years .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron EYRE .

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