14th February 1798
Reference Numbert17980214-64
VerdictNot Guilty > fault

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206. ANN GANLEY , otherwise JOHNSON , was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 12th of January , two cotton bed-curtains, value 7s. two linen sheets, value 8s. a cotton window-curtain, value 2s. two feather pillows, value 6d. two linen pillow-cases, value 2s. a woollen blanket, value 5s. a cotton counterpane, value 4s. a looking-glass in a gift frame, value 7s. a flat-iron, value 1s. a brass candlestick, value 1s. three earthen-ware plates, value 6d. two knives, value 6d. two forks, value 6d. and a wine glass, value 3d. the property of John Hickson , in a lodging-room, let by him to the said Ann, and a certain man whose name is Johnson, and whose Christian name is unknown .

JOHN HICKSON sworn. - I keep a lodging house, No. 1, Robinhood-Court, Shoe-lane, in the parish of St. Andrew : My wife and I let the lodgings to the prisoner, about the 24th of November, I cannot be positive to the day; she came to me, and asked the rent of the room, I had a bill up; I told her it was three shillings a week, it was a furnished lodging; she went up to look at the room with my wife; she said she liked the room very well, she agreed to take it; she offered a tea-pot, which she pulled from under her long cloak, as earnest; I told her it was usual to have a character from the last place where she lodged; she paused for some time, and appealed to a woman close to her elbow, who came with her; she said, this is my aunt, she will answer for my character; I told her that would not do; I told her I preferred having a character from the last place where she lodged; after some hesitation, she gave me an address to a Mrs. Chevis, in Suffolk-street, behind the Mint, between that and the King's-Bench; it was a very dark night, I went over notwithstanding the darkness of the night, I found the house with much difficulty, Mrs. Chevis opened the door; in consequence of a conversation between Mrs. Chevis and me I let her the lodgings; she called, soon after I came home, to know if her character answered, and I said, yes, and she came in that same night; I let it to her as a married woman, she said, her husband worked on Snowhill, at a watch-maker's, that his name was Johnson; this was one Wednesday, and she told me she would pay me the half week on the Saturday night; she said, Mr. Johnson was out of town, she expected him home on Saturday.

Q. Did she tell you his Christain-name? - A. No; he came on the Saturday night, and went away on the Sunday morning following; I have never seen him since.

Court. It is impossible to go on upon this indictment; the prisoner is charged, as a single woman, with having robbed her ready furnished lodgings; the fact is, that Hickson coutracts with her as a married woman, and therefore the contract is with the husband, who would have been answerable for the rent.


Tried by the London Jury, before Mr. Baron THOMPSON .

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