Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 24 September 2021), October 1759, trial of Elizabeth Rosdell , otherwise Wills (t17591024-21).

Elizabeth Rosdell, Theft > grand larceny, 24th October 1759.

320. (L.) Elizabeth Rosdell , otherwise Wills , was indicted for stealing six yards of black silk lace, value 4 s. 6 d. the property of Harden Elderton , September 15 . ++

Harden Elderton. I live in Bishopsgate-street ; on Saturday the fifteenth of September the prisoner at the bar came into my shop, and ask'd to look at some black lace, which was show'd her; she fix'd upon some to have only half a yard; and when it was cutting off. she convey'd a piece of lace to the edge of the compter; and while I was turning to cut it off she shov'd it down; I saw she intended to take it; she made an attempt to stoop for a stick, and took it up; she went out; I follow'd her, and desired her to walk back; which she did; we took her into the back room, and took six yards of lace from under her stays, my property; I sent for a constable, and she was taken to the compter.

Q. Was this of the same sort that she had cheapen'd?

Elderton. No: it was a separate piece. Produc'd in Court and depos'd to.

Q. What do you value it at?

Elderton. I value it at four shillings and six-pence.

Mr. Jourdan. About the fifteenth of September I happen'd to go into Mr Elderton's shop, and into a little back room, there I saw a woman, whom I believe to be the prisoner at the bar; there was a little stir; I enquired what was the matter; they said she had stole a piece of black lace; she was search'd, and a piece was found under her stays.

Prosecutor. It appears to me since, upon enquiry, that the prisoner has lived very well in the parish, and necessity has drove her to do this; and I am very sorry for her.

Mr. Jourdan. I made strict enquiry and cannot find that the woman has ever been guilty of such a thing before.

The prisoner said nothing in her defence.

Guilty 10 d.