Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 29 January 2023), January 1720, trial of Sarah Wells (t17200115-47).

Sarah Wells, Theft > pocketpicking, 15th January 1720.

Sarah Wells of St. Botolph without Aldgate , was indicted for privately stealing a Silver Watch value 3 l. and 3 s. 6 d. in Money, from the Person of Robert Hoe on the 16th of December last. It appeared that the Prosecutor had been drinking on Board a Ship, and coming back again, at the end of Rosemary-Lane enquired the way to the Change, and the Prisoner (who is known by the Name of Callicoe Sarah) coming up, told him that she was going that way, and would show him; that she carryed him out of the Way, near her own Habitation, and afterwards said she would put him right, whereupon he feeling for his Watch, mist it, and his Money, and charging her with it, she put his Watch into his Hand again; however he kept her, and would have had her before a Justice, but she cry'd out Everett Everett! who came, fell upon the Prosecutor and beat him. That the High Constable was denied Entrance for an Hour, and she was heard to say, D -n him for a Son of a B - I wish I had not gave him his Watch, it would have served to maintain me in Newgate. I would not have given him it again but that I did not know how to convey it off. The Prisoner in her Defence said, that she had been to see her Child at Nurse, and as she was going home the Prosecutor followed her and struck her several Blows; whereupon she cryed out Murder; that then he would have run away, but she held him till People gathered about, and telling Everett how he had abused her, he fell on him and beat him. But she not calling Everett, or any Body else to prove it, or to her Reputation, the Jury found her Guilty . Death .