10th January 1798
Reference Numbert17980110-77
SentenceCorporal > private whipping

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142. MARY WELCHFORD was indicted for obtainining three guineas under false pretences .

ANN BIGGS sworn. - I am sister to John Biggs , who keeps the Blue-last, Blackfriars : On Wednesday the 3d of January, between eleven and twelve o'clock, the prisoner came in with Mr. Hawkes's compliments, and would be much obliged to Mr. Biggs for a five pound note for a few minutes; my brother was backwards, and I went backwards to him, but he had got ne'er a one; I told her so, and she came back, and said a three pound note would do; my brother put his hand in his pocket, pulled out three guineas, and gave them to me, and I gave them to the prisoner. Mr. Hawkes is a customer of my brother's, I knew her very well as a servant of Mr. Hawkes.

JOHN BIGGS sworn. - I delivered the three guineas into my sister's hands, and I saw the back of the prisoner, that is all I know of it; I lent her the money on the faith of the message that she brought.

GEORGE HAWKES sworn. - I am a baker.

Q. Are you a customer of Mr. Biggs? - A. Yes; the prisoner lived servant with me eight or ten days.

Q. Did you give her orders to go to Mr. Biggs, for a note of five pounds? - A. No.

Q. Did you say a three pound note would do? - A. No.

Q. Did you receive three guineas from her as from Mr. Biggs? - A. Never.

WILLIAM MESSENGER sworn. - I am a constable belonging to Queen-square: I apprehended the prisoner on Wednesday the third of this month, I was in search of her from three o'clock till between eleven and twelve at night; I found her in a public-house in Pye-street, Westminster, drinking with some more women; I told her I had taken her in custody for getting three guineas in Mr. Hawkes's name; she said she had, and she had bought a gown and a shawl, and had got thirty-five shillings left; she said, for fear it should be lost she had left the money and goods at the public-house; the next morning I went to the public-house, and found a gown and shawl, a cap, and thirty-six shillings in this red-morocco purse. (Produces them).

The prisoner did not say any thing in her defence.


Privately whipped , and discharged.

Tried by the London Jury, before Mr. RECORDER.

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