Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 7.2, 24 February 2018), September 1756, trial of Sarah Morgan (t17560915-16).

Sarah Morgan, Theft > grand larceny, 15th September 1756.

339. (M.) Sarah Morgan , spinster , was indicted for stealing 30 s. in money numbered , the property of Susannah Winch , widow , September 4 . +

Susannah Burchet . I live at Little Chelsea, and my husband is a gardener. My mother Susannah Winch lives at Kensington . She had about three weeks ago, under the bolster of her bed, a box full of silver and fifteen or sixteen shillings in halfpence; it was taken, I don't know by whom. She is very infirm, and can't be here. I attend her at times.

John Newbolt . I am a constable in Kensington parish. The prisoner was taken up and brought to me last Sunday was a fortnight. I searched her, and found one shilling and five pence in halfpence and farthings. After that I found five shillings in silver in a housewife, put under her arm pit. This box I found in her bosom.

S. Burchet. That is the box my mother's money was in.

Newbolt. She pretended she found the box in the road.

Prisoner's defence.

I am a poor working girl, I had that box given me in Piccadilly to put my snuff in.

Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]