Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 28 November 2023), April 1719, trial of Mary Wilson (t17190408-30).

Mary Wilson, Theft > shoplifting, 8th April 1719.

Mary Wilson of St. Giles in the Fields , was indicted for privately stealing four pair of Worsted Stockings value 10 s. in the Shop of John Baker , the 16th of March last. The Prosecutor deposed the Prisoner came to his Shop to cheapen Stockings, and brought two Patterns with her to match, saying that if they could match one pair it would do. The Prosecutors Servant deposed, that he saw the Prisoner take the Stockings and put them up her Coats, and told his Mistress of it, advising her to search her. Mrs. Baker confirm'd what had been before deposed, and said that searching of her very narrowly found them under her Flannel Petticoat behind. The Jury found her Guilty to the value of 4 s.10 d. Transportation .