31st May 1827
Reference Numbert18270531-261
VerdictNot Guilty

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1274. MARY CALLOW was indicted for stealing, on the 1st of January , 10lbs. weight of beef, value 5s.; 10lbs. weight of mutton, value 5s.; 10lbs. weight of bacon, value 5s.; 10lbs. weight of ham, value 5s.; 10lbs. weight of butter, value 5s.; 20lbs. weight of bread, value 5s.; 10 sovereigns, 10 half-sovereigns, 10 crowns, 10 half-crowns, ten shillings, and 10 sixpences, five 10l., ten 5l., ten 2l., and ten 1l. Bank notes, the property of George Hume , her master, in his dwelling-house .

MR. ADOLPHUS conducted the prosecution.

GEORGE HUME. I am a solicitor , and live at No. 8, Great James-street, Bedford-row . I am married , and have a family - the prisoner was in my service from July to January. I and my family left town in October, and returned in November; the prisoner and Kelly (another servant) were left at home. On the 23d of December we went to Richmond, leaving nobody in the house but the prisoner, Kelly, and Mr. Smith, my brother-in-law; we returned on the 8th of January, and the prisoner said Kelly had been in the habit of having men living and sleeping with her, and unless she was dismissed she would not stay; Kelly was then dismissed; and two days after we sent the prisoner away, not respecting dishonesty but her morals, for doing precisely the same thing. I paid her 5s. I think - I believe there was about 1l. due to her - I have not paid her the rest - it has been demanded - she applied for a character on the 24th of January - my wife gave her a written one - she and her mother came to the house next day, and after that the prisoner summoned me for the 15s.

Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q. What complaint did Kelly make of the prisoner? A. She said she had taken bread and meat and butter - the prisoner said Kelly had done the same - my wife was confined to her room, or she generally settles wages.

MR. ADOLPHUS. Q. What did Kelly say? A. She said victuals had been sent out of the house once or twice a-week.

COURT. Q. Who gave instructions for this indictment? A. I did. I told the Grand Jury I did not accuse her of stealing the money.

ELIZABETH KELLY . I lived as servant to Mr. Hume. The prisoner was there before me - she was cook; while master was away the last time there was victuals sent out; one day I remember a loaf of home-made bread, between a quartern and a half quartern, and about a pound of round of beef - she went out with it, and returned without it; she said it was for her brother John; I told master of it after I left.

Cross-examined. Q. The prisoner had complained of you? A. Yes; I had my mother there once or twice, and a man once or twice a week - they had victuals there. I said nothing about any money - Mr. Hume sent to me - I went and told him.

MR. ADOLPHUS. Q. By whose advice did you admit this man? A. By Callow's; the man who came to see her, brought the one who came to me. I was summoned in January; I told every thing to Mr. Hume then.

COURT. Q. When you told this did you know you had lost your place through her? A. Yes.

WILLIAM SAUNDERS . I am a constable of Richmond. I took the prisoner into custody for stealing bread; she said she took her brother a loaf now and then.


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