Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 05 August 2021), August 1728, trial of William Read Eleanor Reddey (t17280828-48).

William Read, Eleanor Reddey, Theft > theft from a specified place, 28th August 1728.

William Read and Eleanor Reddey , of St. Dunstan's Stepney , were indicted for privately and feloniously stealing two Silver Tankards, two Silver Mugs, a Silver Cup and Punch Ladle, and 7 l. 16 s. in Money, on the 22nd of July last, the Property of Jane Dawson , in the House of Isabella and Jane Dawson aforesaid.

Isabella Dawson depos'd, That she heard Eleanor Read confess before Justice Jackson , That She opened the Door of the House when her Mistress Jane Dawson , was in Bed, and let William Read into the House, and that she stood and saw him take the Plate, whilst she watch'd to see if any Body came.

Sarah Thompson depos'd to the like Effect, That she sign'd the Confession with her own Hand, in which she acknowledged letting William Read into the House, and being privy to his taking the Goods.

John Hooper , the present Executioner depos'd, That he likewise heard her confess she let William Read into the House, and consented to his taking the Goods and saw her Sign her Confession; but though this Confession did not effect William Read without other Evidence, which the Prosecutor could not produce, yet it being prov'd in Court to be sign'd with her own Hand, without any Menaces or Threatnings, it had this Effect with regard to herself, that the Jury found her Guilty , Death . And William Read was acquitted .