Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 01 October 2022), May 1766, trial of Mary, wife of Thomas Englebird (t17660514-38).

Mary Englebird, Theft > petty larceny, 14th May 1766.

326. (L.) Mary, wife of Thomas Englebird , was indicted for stealing two towels, value 8 d. four earthen pans, and a china spoon boat , the property of Isaac Ware . ++

Anne Ware . I am wife to Isaac Ware , he is a merchant's clerk ; the prisoner lived servant in my house better than twelve months; I lost divers things, and having accused several people, I thought proper to try to find out who did rob me; I took a search warrant to search the prisoner's house; I found a china boat, two towels, one mark'd W. the other L. I found also two earthen pans; on which she was committed to New Prison. I heard her own that all the things were my property.

Q. What were the words she made use of?

A. Ware. She said if they were mine I might take them; she did not know how she came by them; she would have given me two guineas to make it up; she said she would even sell her bed to make it up, but I would not agree to it (the things produced in court.)

Tabitha Baxter . I was along with Mrs. Ware when the search-warrant was executed; Mrs. Ware said these things were her property; the prisoner said she did not know that she had ever wronged her of any thing of great value; she said also she did design to bring these things again; she had been discharged from her service about three weeks.

Mr. Forrester. I was present at the execution of the search-warrant; the prosecutor claimed these things as her property; the prisoner said she might take them away with broken victuals; she asked for mercy, and offered three or four guineas to make it up, and said she would pawn her bed to make satisfaction.

James Bartlett . I am the officer; the warrant was brought to me; I went to the prisoner's apartment and found these things; the prosecutrix claimed them, and they were delivered into my custody. The prisoner said she brought them home with broken victuals.

Prisoner's defence.

I was a chairwoman at this gentlewoman's house; she gave me broken victuals for my family. I have worked night and day for her, and had much ado to get my money when I earn'd it; these earthen pans are my own; she gave me the towels home with broken victuals.

To her character.

Roger Paxton . I keep the Green Dragon in Moorfields; the prisoner lived with me 18 months ago, during that time she behaved extremely well.

Acquitted .