13th December 1786
Reference Numbert17861213-75

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76. ANN POWELL was indicted for stealing, on the 8th of November , one pair of stays, value 10 s. one gown, value 10 s. one apron, value 2 s. and one black silk cloak, value 10 s. the property of Mary Crouch , widow .


I live No. 33, Compton-street, in the parish of St. Giles's in the fields : on the 8th of November, I lost a great many things, some of which I have found; I gave the things to the prisoner to wash, on the 7th of November; she came to me as a chair woman ; I was ill at the time; she said she lodged at next door, and I was so poorly I did not enquire; I am sure the prisoner is the person; I did not know her before; I delivered to her a child's frock, bed gown, and shift, a table-cloth, a muslin gown and apron, and a laced handkerchief, two towels; they were to be washed in our kitchen; I lost also a pair of stays, and a black mode cloak; about three or four of these things were hanging to the fire to dry, and the woman was gone; I called very loud, but nobody answered; the things were found at the pawnbroker's.


I was informed of this robbery; I apprehended the prisoner at Rotherhithe; on the 14th of November, I found these duplicates on her.


I am servant to a pawnbroker in Broad-street, Bloomsbury; I have a gown, an apron, and a pair of stays; these are my duplicates; the things were not pawned by the prisoner; it was a young woman about sixteen or seventeen, but I do not know her.


I took in a silk cloak of a woman named Ann Powell , the 13th of November; I am a pawnbroker's servant, in Fetter-lane, Holborn; I cannot positively say I took the cloak from the prisoner; I believe it to be her; I saw her about a week after; this is our duplicate.

(The things deposed to.)

Prosecutrix. The lace of the cloak is my own making; it was in a drawer in my bed room; I saw it about three hours before it was missing; I saw her put the cloak and stays in my drawer; there was nobody else to come to the drawers; I was laid down on the bed on the Tuesday afternoon; this is an apron that was my mother's, that I brought from the country; I know the stays by this piece which is put in to make them wider.


I never pawned any of the things, nor ever took any; I was gone over the way, and when I came back I found these duplicates, and missed the things; I was quite flurried and went away; the house was a lodging house with many different people in it.


Transported for seven years .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice WILSON.

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