3rd June 1824
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883. MARY WOOD was indicted for stealing, on the 11th of May , four books, value 5 s. , the goods of William Galloway .

WILLIAM GALLOWAY . I am a potatoe salesman , at Spitalfields-market . I missed some books from my front parlour in April and May - I missed a great many on the 12th of May, and got under the stairs for the purpose of watching, and saw the prisoner, whom I knew, go to the book-case, and take a book out of it - she put it under her shawl, and went back to the street-door. I told her she had stolen a book; she made no answer.

SARAH GALLOWAY . I am the wife of the last witness. I never gave the prisoner permission to take any books. I have sent her to sell some old novels that were lying about the house. I never sent her to sell a magazine, nor ever gave her leave to take one.

GRIFFITH JONES . I am a dealer in marine stores. I recollect the prisoner coming to my shop, and offering several books for sale. She said her master had given her them to dispose of as occasion required. I told her I could only give waste paper price, (3 d. per lb.) for them. She came one day with two books - one was sermons, the other a geographical book. I said they were too good to sell to me, but she would not take them away, and I bought them of her. I kept them till Mr. Galloway came and searched my house, I gave them to him.

HANNAH JONES . I am wife of the last witness. The prisoner brought me an old ledger that was torn, and said it had been the property of a person who was dead.

THOMAS VANN . I got a search warrant, searched this house, and found these books.

BENJAMIN BEAVIS . I am a constable. I apprehended the prisoner.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. These books are what Mrs. Galloway gave me to sell; she used to give me books from time to time to sell for her.

WILLIAM GALLOWAY re-examined. Q. Were any leaves cut out of this ledger when it was in your possession - A. No; it was quite perfect.

SARAH GALLOWAY , junior. I engaged the prisoner to come to work at her needle. I took her without any character, and thought her honest. I never gave her books to sell, but I know my mother gave her some to be sold, and she was to give the money to my mother.

GUILTY . Aged 30.

Confined One Week .

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