31st May 1797
Reference Numbert17970531-42
VerdictNot Guilty

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401. ANN REEVES was indicted for knowingly, and designedly, and by false pretences, on the 6th of May , obtaining from Philip Sewel , one pound weight of butter, value 10d. half a pound weight of cheese, value 4d. and four pennyworth of eggs, with intent to cheat and defraud the said Philip .

PHILIP SEWELL sworn. - I am a cheesemonger , I live in Beech-street, Barbican ; I never saw the

prisoner at the bar, till she came into my shop on Saturday the 6th of May, between five and six o'clock in the afternoon; she told me she was come for a pound of tenpenny butter, and half a pound of cheese, for Mr. Barry; I asked her if she was come to live there as his servant, she told me she was; accordingly, I let her have the things, she said her master was gone out, and her mistress had got no change; she went out of the shop and came back again, and said, she was to have a groat's worth of eggs, I let her have the eggs, and she went away, and I believe, the second customer that came into my shop was Mr. Barry's old servant; Mr. Barry lives in Red-cross-street.

Court. Q. As she was a new servant, why did you not take the pains to see whether she was the servant of Mr. Barry, or not? - A. This being on a Saturday, I had not time.

PETER BARRY sworn. - The prisoner at the bar never was a servant of mine; I never sent her for a pound of butter, and half a pound of cheese, she had been in my house about a year before, she is about fifteen, her mother lives in Grub street.

MARY BARRY sworn. - The girl at the bar was not my servant; I had never seen her in my house.

Prisoner's defence. A servant that lived at Mr. Barry's about a twelvemonth ago, sent me for those things, and said she would pay for them; the servant's name was Mary, she was some relation to Mrs. Barry.

Court. (To Mrs. Barry.) Q. Did the servant live with you? - A. There was a servant that lived with me, that knew this girl, and, I suppose, she, knowing this girl, had sent her.


Tried by the London Jury, before Mr. Justice GROSE.

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