Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 22 May 2018), April 1758, trial of Mary Dunning (t17580405-9).

Mary Dunning, Theft > grand larceny, 5th April 1758.

166. (M.) Mary Dunning spinster , was indicted for stealing one pair of worsted stockings, value 18 d. the property of Thomas Lowling , March 28 . ||

Thomas Lowling . I keep a hosier's-shop , at the corner of Crown-court, Soho ; the prisoner came to my shop the 28th of March, and asked to see a pair of blue stockings, with white clocks; I shew'd her some, and took notice how many pair there were; then she asked me to shew her a pair of white stockings with pink clocks; I said I had none such; then she wanted to see a pair of scarlet with green clocks. I turned myself about, and was going to shew her a pair, but said I had none such; she said then I need not open any more, and was going out. I looked at the stockings I had opened, and missed a pair, and went and stopped her just as she went out at the door, and found this pair in her apron (producing a pair) they are my property.

Prisoner's defence.

I am very innocent of the affair.

For the prisoner.

Sarah Davis . The prisoner lived servant with me almost a year and a half; I lately turned her away, I do not know that ever she wronged me.

Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]