Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 20 May 2022), September 1790, trial of MARY FLYNN (t17900915-11).

MARY FLYNN, Theft > grand larceny, 15th September 1790.

601. MARY FLYNN was indicted for stealing, on the 13th of August last, three yards of muslin, value 25 s. the property of George Parker .

GEORGE PARKER sworn.

I can only prove the property.

ANN DAY sworn.

I live with Mr. Parker as shopwoman; he keeps a childbed-linen and muslin warehouse ; on the 13th of August, about seven in the evening, I was in the shop, and the prisoner came in and asked to look at some muslin; I was busy with a lady at that time; I took the muslin down and shewed her; she asked the price, and I told her; she said it was too dear; I said we had nothing cheaper; she then drew a piece of muslin from under the piece she was looking at; I saw her do it; she said it was too dear, and left the shop; I followed her, and took her about forty yards from the door; she asked me what I wanted; I said she must come back; she made some resistance, but I brought her back, and she threw the muslin into the shop; the muslin is here; (produced) I can swear to the muslin; here is R. D. on it, in Mr. Parker's hand writing.

Mr. Parker. I know this to be my property, by my own mark.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I know nothing about it; I did not take it; I was not from the shop door; she sent for a constable; I have two young children, and they have no father living; I have not seen my children since I came to gaol.

Prosecutor. There were some people here to give her a character last night.

GUILTY .

Imprisoned twelve months , and fined 1 s.

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.