27th February 1788
Reference Numbert17880227-34
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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187. MARY TALBOT was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 19th of February , 7 yards of printed cotton, value 17 s. the property of Francis Faulding , privily in his shop .


I am servant to Mr. Faulding, linen-draper , King-street, Covent-garden ; on Tuesday the 19th of February, between five and six o'clock in the afternoon, the prisoner came into the shop, and asked for a quarter of a yard of Irish linen, at 14 d. a yard; I cut her off a quarter of a yard, and she gave me twopence-halfpenny, and went out of the shop.


I am shopman to Mr. Faulding; I had been out; I came in while the prisoner was in the shop; she had a piece of calico in her hand, and was putting it under her arm, between her and her child; she had a child in her arms; she went out, I went after her and took her.

(The calico was produced in Court, and deposed to by Rushton and Field.)


I went into the shop to buy a bit of linen; I was very much in liquor; what I bought, or what I brought out of the shop, I do not know.

The witnesses both said, she did not appear to them to be in liquor.

GUILTY Of stealing the goods, but not privily in the shop .

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. ROSE.

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