14th September 1796
Reference Numbert17960914-40
SentenceImprisonment > newgate; Miscellaneous > fine

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497. ELIZABETH LAWRENCE was indicted for feloniously stealing a pair of linen sheets, value 10s. a blanket, value 8s. and a bad-curtain, value 2s. the property of Eli Lippencott , the same being in a lodging-room, let by the said Eli, to the said Elizabeth , July the 14th .


I live at No. 2, John-street, Edgeware road ; a young woman came to take a lodging, she said, it was for her aunt, who was coming out of the country; on Saturday the 2d of July, she came with the prisoner, and said, she was the woman; she took the lodging, for they sat down in my apartment some time, and then had a light and went to the lodging; in about three or four days or a week, three children came, my wife then desired her to get another lodging, as we did not like to be troubled with children, but they would not go; when they had been a fortnight, they paid one week's rent, and said, the children wore going away; my wife desired them to send down the sheets to wash, and she would send up clean ones; she sent down an excuse that she was not well, and could not send them down, but she would wash them herself the next week; a month after that, when she was out, and only the children were at home, I went up to see if the things were safe, and I missed the things mentioned in the indictment; the prisoner came in about ten o'clock on Saturday night, and I sent for a constable, and apprehended her; when she came in, she said, she was sorry to be out so late, she was afraid to be out late; I said, they that are worth nothing will take no harm, that was all I said to her.

Q. Were these things let to her? - A. Yes; the room was let ready furnished.


I am a constable; the prisoner was brought to the watch-house on Saturday night, the 30th of July, with a duplicate of the sheets that was found upon her; two others were found upon her eldest daughter, (the duplicates produced).(The things were produced in Court by the several pawn-brokers where they were pledged, and deposed to by the prosecutor).

Prisoner's defence. I never knew any thing of the panwing of these things; Joanna Coleman took the lodgings, she said, Lady Harcourt was to pay her, and I was to go with her, she took the things away, I knew nothing of them.

GUILTY . (Aged 47.)

Confined three months in Newgate , and fined 1s.

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. COMMON SERJEANT.

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