Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 25 February 2021), May 1769, trial of Elizabeth Odell (t17690510-50).

Elizabeth Odell, Theft > grand larceny, 10th May 1769.

333. (M.) Elizabeth Odell , spinster , was indicted for stealing two Holland shirts, value 5 s. the property of Frances Reed , widow , March 2 . ++

Frances Reed . I am a washer-woman , and live in Tottenham-court Road . On the 2d of March, I lost some linen from off a line in my back kitchen. The prisoner is a cinder-sister , and I used to buy cinders of her. I had suspected her some time to rob me, and had forewarned her coming to my house. I found two shirts again out of many that I lost.

- Langley. On the 2d of March, the prisoner was committed to Clerkenwell Bridewell for stealing two shirts. They were advertised, but no person came to own them. After which, Justice Welch said they were her own, and she might dispose of them; so I bought them of her. (Produced in Court, and deposed to by the Prosecutrix.)

Prisoner's Defence.

I found them upon the cinder-hill.

Guilty . T .