14th September 1785
Reference Numbert17850914-37
SentenceCorporal > private whipping; Imprisonment > house of correction

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761. ELIZABETH BLAND was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 23d day of June last, one pair of woman's stays, value 6 s. one linen shift, value 4 s. one woollen apron, value 18 d. one cap, value 2 s. the property of Elizabeth King .


I live in Whitecross-street, the prisoner at the bar pledged these things with me, the 22d, 23d, and 24th of July, I know her a little while before, she pledged them in the name of Elizabeth Blake , here is a pair of stays, a blue apron, a shift, and a cap.


I was sent for to take the prisoner into custody, I took her out of a cellar, she was charged with robbing her mistress, Elizabeth King , she immediately owned she pawned the things with Mrs. Moore, there was no promises made her of favour, and she said, she hoped her mistress would forgive her; she said she pawned them with Mrs. Moore, in Whitecross-street, she acknowledged they were her mistress's things, she said she did not know what bewitched her for doing so, for her mistress was a very good mistress; she went with us to the pawnbroker's shop, she saw these things, and acknowledged them to be the things she pawned.

Prisoner. I lived along with my mistress's sister, and living with her there was a woman came out of the workhouse, and she discharged me, so this woman lent me some things to pawn, and she gave me a week to redeem them in, and her own sister promised me if I would get them out, she would not hurt me, and my prosecutor if she was here, could not deny it.


I sell fish and fruit , I took the prisoner as a servant , she lived with me the space of ten or twelve days, she was in the neighbourhood out of employ, I had no character with her; I left her one day to sell some goods, I left her with a pounds worth of property, she owned she took twelve shillings and sixpence, she came in and said, mistress, I will give you the money I took yesterday, between eight and nine in the morning; when I waked the prisoner was gone, and the door half opened, I looked for my stays, I missed them and one old cap, one shift, and one apron, I never saw the prisoner for three weeks; I saw her in a court, and when she saw me, she slipped down a cellar, I waited to see her, and gave charge of her; I am sure she is the same person.

What did the prisoner say? - When I took her, she cried, and I told she must cry then for she left me to cry.

Did you promise her any favour? - I did not, she owned to the property, and the constable sat down every thing.

Did not you promise her? - Before ever I took her, I said I should light of her one time or other, but if the things were brought me, I could not tell what I should say, her mother lived in Whitechapel.

Is there any particular mark? - There is.

(The things deposed to.)

Prisoner. She knows she promised me a week to take out the things.


To be privately whipped and confined six months in the House of Correction .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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