Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 08 December 2023), February 1697, trial of Elizabeth Hall, alias Guinea Bess (t16970224-7).

Elizabeth Hall, Theft > grand larceny, 24th February 1697.

Elizabeth Hall, alias Guinea Bess , of the Parish of St. Buttolphs without Aldgate , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Silver Cup, value 3 l. a Porringer 40 s. three Spoons, 30 s. with divers other Goods of Joseph Burton , on the 17th of December last. The Prosecutor declared, That he did imploy her in the House to do his Business, and she took the opportunity, and went away with the Goods; and sometime after she was taken in Hosier-Lane drinking with some Soldiers, she did confess it when she was taken; but denied it upon her Tryal, and said if she had confest any thing she could not remember it. It did not avail her, the Jury found her guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]