Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 06 December 2023), September 1781, trial of ELIZABETH GREEN (t17810912-76).

ELIZABETH GREEN, Theft > grand larceny, 12th September 1781.

565. ELIZABETH GREEN was indicted for stealing a linen gown, value 18 s. the property of Catherine Geary , spinster , August the 15th .


I gave a gown to Jane Barber , to alter, on the Monday before it was lost.


I had a gown to alter. I left the prisoner in care of the room. Nobody else was in the room. When I came home, she was gone, and the gown was gone. She was taken up on Saturday, and owned she had pawned it.

- LIGHTFOOT sworn.

I am a pawnbroker. This gown was pawned at our house, on the 15th of August. I can't swear that the prisoner pawned it.

(It was produced in court, and deposed to by the prosecutrix.)


Jane Barber has been an acquaintance of mine many years. She asked me to go with her to the Borough, to see her aunt. I had not clothes fit to go in. She asked the prosecutrix to lend me this gown, which she did. I pawned my own gown. We were out together till all the money was spent, and she told me to pawn this gown; and then we had some words, and she has done this out of spite.

Barber. I lent her this gown on Monday, to go to my aunt's. She brought it back. I left it in my room, and she pawned it.

(The prisoner called Mary Wood and Mary Ward , who wer e prisoners in Newgate, to prove that Jane Barber came to her in the bail-dock, and said she was sorry for what she had done, and that she (the prisoner) should not want while she was in gaol.)


Tried by the First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. RECORDER.