Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 26 October 2021), September 1782, trial of ELEANOR M'CABE (t17820911-68).

ELEANOR M'CABE, Theft > grand larceny, 11th September 1782.

552. ELEANOR M'CABE was indicted for stealing on the 27th of July last, 15 s. in monies numbered , the monies of William Austin .

WILLIAM AUSTIN sworn.

I met the prisoner and another person on a Saturday, I cannot justly say the month, about six weeks ago between nine and ten in Newtoners lane .

Court. That is not a very reputable neighbourhood, is it? - No Sir, I believe not.

Court. What had you to do there? - I goes out with tatoes round there, they asked me for something to drink, I said I did not care if I did, they said I had better not go to a public house for fear I should lose my money, I went to their room.

Court. Was you sober? - It was a remarkable wet day, I had drank a little drop.

Court. Pray what do you call a little drop? - I had drank some gin with these women but I was sensible; when I got in I took and pulled my pouch out.

Court. What? - My pouch, Sir, I gave one of them a shilling to fetch a pot of ale, in the mean time the prisoner snatched my pouch and run away with it, there was fifteen shillings in it, I went after them but could not find them; I found them next morning in St. Giles's round house, I never got my money; I asked her to give me my money, she said here is two pence halfpenny for you that is all I have left.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

On Saturday night I met this William two girls together, quarrelling about, ten pence, he went into my room and sent for a pot of ale, he asked me to live with I him, and gave me the money into my hand, there was nothing freer than a gift it. I have no witnesses.

GUILTY .

To be confined six months in the house of correction .

the Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice GOULD.