21st April 1819
Reference Numbert18190421-108

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608. CHARLLOTTE LEWIS was indicted for a misdemeanour .

RICHARD HAZARD . I am clerk of St. Margaret, Fish-street. The prisoner was a pauper in the work-house . On the 3d of March, she came to me, and produced a letter, purporting to come from her uncle, inviting her to come to Manchester to live with him, and he would support her. I observed that it had no postmark on it - she said her cousin brought it. Next day I gave her two petticoats, a pair of shoes and stockings, and a shawl - she said she should want 20 s. to pay her expences on the road; I told her I must see her cousin. She brought a countryman, and introduced him to me as her cousin - I then gave her 1 l. She came to me again on the 20th in a most wretched state. I took her before the Lord Mayor, and found the clothes that I gave her at the pawnbrokers in town.

MICHAEL CHIPPING . I am a pauper in the workhouse. I know the man that the prisoner produced as her cousin - he is not so. He persuaded her to write the letter; she did not go to Manchester, but she went to Crayford in Kent, with me, the other man and his wife - she then returned to the workhouse.

Prisoners' Defence. I got the clothes in order to do better, but was obliged to return.

GUILTY . Aged 23.

Confined Three Months .

London Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

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