Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 10 December 2022), June 1758, trial of Sarah Jones (t17580628-29).

Sarah Jones, Theft > theft from a specified place, 28th June 1758.

248. (M.) Sarah Jones , spinster , was indicted for stealing two linen sheets, value 5 s. the property of Anne Bates , the same being in a lodging room let by contract, &c . +

Anne Bates . The prisoner at the bar took a lodging of me at 18 d. per week; as she was gone out, I went up to sweep my rooms, and make my beds, and I miss'd one sheet from off her bed. She came home and lay in her bed that night, and I took her up the next morning; then she had the other sheet concealed under her petticoats. She fell on her knees, and acknowledged she took them, and said it was done through necessity; she owned she sold the other to an old-cloaths woman in Monmouth-street when she was before justice Welch.

Prisoner's defence.

I lay there two or three nights; I was very much in liquor, and know nothing of the sheets laid to my charge.

Guilty 10 d .

[Transportation. See summary.]