30th November 1803
Reference Numbert18031130-14
SentenceImprisonment > house of correction

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14. ELEANOR CLIFFORD was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 1st of November , two gowns, value 16 s. a pair of shoes, value 1 s. 6 d. two caps, value 4 d. an apron, value 2 d. a shawl, value 1 s. and a shift, value 3 s. the property of Sarah Hewitt .

SARAH HEWITT sworn. - I live at No. 38, Henry-street, Old-street ; the prisoner lives in Chick-lane, and is an unfortunate girl; I am a widow , and a weaver of gold and silver lace : On the 29th of October, between ten and eleven o'clock in the morning, the prisoner came to me, and said she had been laying in the street all night; I said, I would give her a night's lodging; my mother slept with me, and the prisoner slept on the floor; she staid all day on Monday. On Tuesday I went to work, and told her to take care of the place; at six o'clock I went back, and found my door open, and the things stated in the indictment gone; I did not know where to find her, and did not see her again till last Saturday, when I met her, and asked her if she was not ashamed; she said, she was foolish; I gave charge of her, and she told the constable where the things were.

JAMES GEARY sworn. - I am an officer belonging to St. Luke's: Last Saturday evening I took charge of the prisoner; I searched her, and she had an old apron on her; I asked her for the other things; she said, she had pawned them; she said, she lived at the corner of Black-Boy-alley, Chick-lane, and if I went there, I should find the duplicates; I went there, and her landlady gave me some; I went and saw the things at the pawnbroker's.

(The articles produced, and identified.)

- WOOD sworn. - I am a pawnbroker's shopman, and took a gown in from the prisoner, upon which I lent her five shillings.

Prisoner. I have nothing to say.

GUILTY , aged 23.

Confined six months in the House of Correction .

First Middlesex Jury, before Lord Alvanley.

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