Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 16 October 2021), January 1791, trial of ANN (wife of Thomas) SMITH (t17910112-26).

ANN SMITH, Theft > grand larceny, 12th January 1791.

80. ANN (wife of Thomas) SMITH was indicted for stealing 50 yards of linen cloth, value 50 s. the property of Edward Gillam .

- HACKER sworn.

I am packer to Messrs. Moore and Co. Cheapside; the goods were packed on the 8th of December; I gave them to the porter to take to the inn; they were marked

" J. Peckham , Wisbech."


I delivered the packages to the bookkeeper of the waggon, in Bishopsgate-street.


I am book-keeper of Mr. Edward Gillam 's waggon; I received this from the last witness, and saw it put into the waggon, and the waggon set off.


I drove the waggon; I took up the prisoner at the Black Dog, Shoreditch, and a man; she said she was going to Waltham-cross, but did not go all the way; she got out at Tottenham.


I am the guard; this woman got out at Tottenham; I searched the woman, and under her petticoat, on one side, kept up by some of the bindings of the clothes, I found this cloth; it has been in my possession ever since; the man and woman went in together; she spoke in presence of the man; he went into the room before her, and the waggoner followed her.

- Hacker. This is one of the packs; it is the same that I sent to the waggon; the private mark has been rubbed off.

Prisoner. The man is my husband; we were together; he gave me a blow, and I was obliged to take this bundle; he was a bad husband.


Transported for seven years .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.