28th October 1820
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1249. SARAH CORBYN was indicted for stealing, on the 7th of October , 50 lbs. of paper, value 16 s. 8 d. , the goods of William Lewis Newman .

SECOND COUNT, stating it to be the property of the Mayor, Commonalty, and Citizens of the City of London .

MR. BOLLAND conducted the prosecution.

WILLIAM THOMAS . I am shopman to Samuel Harrison , who is a cheesemonger, and lives in Fore-street. I know the prisoner perfectly well, and have frequently bought waste paper of her. On Saturday, the 7th of October, between twelve and one o'clock, she brought some, it weighed 11 1/2 lbs., I gave her 4 d. a pound for it. It is in the hands of Drinkwater.

Cross-examined by MR. LAW. Q. Was it tied round with red tape when you bought it - A. Yes. I thought nothing improper in it.

RICHARD WARD . I am shopman to Mr. Harrison. I know the prisoner from her frequenting the shop to sell waste-paper. I remember her coming in October with some, which Thomas gave her 4 d. a pound for.

Cross-examined by MR. LAW. Q. Nothing struck you as to its being improper for waste-paper - A. No. We call it waste-paper, whether it is written on or not.

GEORGE SWINBURN . I am a cheesemonger and pork-man. I have bought different lots of paper of the prisoner. I bought some the beginning of this month, which I gave to Harrison. She said it was waste-paper thrown out of the office.

JAMES CHAPPELL . I am a porkman. I know the prisoner perfectly well, and have bought a great deal of waste-paper of her four years ago, and up to the last two months. I have given 170 lbs. of it to the officer.

WILLIAM DRINKWATER . I am a constable. I took the prisoner into custody. She said she had never sold any paper - I produce paper which I received from Harrison; they are principally briefs.

ANTHONY HARRISON . I am a Marshal's-man. I produce some paper given to me by Swinburn and Harrison.

DANIEL BENJAMIN LEADBETTER . I am a Marshal's-man. I produce two parcels of paper delivered to me by Chapell - he afterwards delivered 170 lbs.

WILLIAM LEWIS NEWMAN , ESQ. I am the City Solicitor; the prisoner was employed as an assistant to Mrs. Ferler, the laundress - she has been employed there about four years. The papers belong to my office, and consist of office and fair copies of grants to Christ's Hospital, and a number of cases, with opinions on them, extremely valuable. Many of them are private papers, and are the property of the Corporation.

Cross-examined. Q. When did you see any of them last - A. Some of them within the last six months. Some papers relating to one case were put into a box, and the key of that box was taken out of my clerk's desk.

SARAH FERLER . I was laundress to the City Solicitor, and had been so twenty years. The prisoner has assisted me between four and five years. There was a quantity of papers in the chambers when she first came. I have not attended lately, being ill. I always told her never to meddle with papers written on, and not to destroy them. She also worked for the Remembrancer and Mr. Montague; I was laundress to them all. I had noticed her with money, which excited my suspicion, and

asked her how she came by it? she said she had a friend, who supplied her.

Cross-examined. Q. Can she write and read - A. She can read and scribble. I have been dismissed through her misconduct, as I could not attend myself.

Prisoner. I leave it to my Counsel.

GUILTY . Aged 46.

Transported for Seven Years .

London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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