Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 11 December 2023), December 1721, trial of Thomas Harper Sarah Herbert (t17211206-65).

Thomas Harper, Sarah Herbert, Theft > theft from a specified place, 6th December 1721.

Thomas Harper , and Sarah Herbert , of St. Leonard Shoreditch , were indicted for stealing out of the House of John Robinson , a Silver Tankard, value 7 l. the Goods of John Robinson.

The Prosecutor depos'd, that the prisoners (whom she knew before) came into her House, the Yorkshire Gray in Anniseed Clear , to drink; and after they were gone, she miss'd the Tankard. Upon which taxing Sarah Herbert , she confest it; and said, if they would not prosecute her, she'd return the rest.

William Wilkinson depos'd, that Sarah Herbert offer'd to sell a piece of the Tankard to him, telling him her Husband found it on the Lay-stall. The pieces of the Tankard were produc'd in Court, and Sarah Herbert 's Confession read. She took the Fact wholly upon herself, and said, that Tho Harper knew nothing of its being taken; but added, she was Drunk, and knew not what she did. Harper was Acquitted , and she was found Guilty . Death .