Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 28 January 2022), October 1789, trial of JANE EDWARDS (t17891028-9).

JANE EDWARDS, Theft > grand larceny, 28th October 1789.

749. JANE EDWARDS was indicted for stealing, on the 24th of September last, a child's linen shirt, value 12 d. two linen frocks, value 2 s. a bed-gown, value 12 d. a linen pin-cloth, value 6 d. two linen handkerchiefs, value 12 d. the property of John Berry .

PRUDENCE BERRY sworn.

I am wife of the prosecutor; I lost the things in the indictment; I did not know the prisoner before; I had been washing the day before, and hung these things in the kitchen the night before; and I took them down in the morning, and put them on the dresser, and went into the parlour; and coming back, I met the prisoner with the things in her apron; I gave charge of her.

(The things deposed to.)

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

A woman that I knew about five years ago, treated me with about four or five glasses of liquor; and she said she would take me home; and she took me to this house; I do not know how the things came into my lap.

GUILTY .

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice HEATH.