Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 05 October 2022), September 1800, trial of MARY BUSH SARAH CLARKE ELIZABETH SMITH (t18000917-106).

MARY BUSH, SARAH CLARKE, ELIZABETH SMITH, Theft > grand larceny, 17th September 1800.

693. MARY BUSH , SARAH CLARKE , and ELIZABETH SMITH , were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 18th of July , a cotton handkerchief, value 6d. and thirteen Bank-notes, each of the value of 1l. the property of Peter Francis .

PETER FRANCIS (being a Chinese man, an interpreter was sworn). - I am a sailor ; I lost thirteen Bank-notes of 1l. each; I went to the Bull public-house at Shadwell ; my money was tied up in the corner of my handkerchief, in my jacket-pocket; I was sitting down on a stool, and Polly Bull took the handkerchief out of my pocket, and handed it over to Sally Clarke , and then to the other girl; they handed it from one to another, and then they began to quarrel with one another, and the landlord of the house turned all the people out of the room.

JOHN ANTHONY sworn. - I paid Francis thirteen pounds eight shillings and fourpence that day; that is all I know of it; the money has never been found.

Q.(To Francis). Did you tell the landlord you had lost your money? - A. Yes.

Q.Did not he stop the girls? - A. No; he turned all the people out.

Q.How many people were there in the house at the time? - A.There were only the three girls, and myself, in the room.

Q.What language did you speak to the girls? - A. The Lascar language.

Q.Is the landlord here? - A. No.

Bush's defence. He went to a fortune-teller, and gave three shillings to look in a glass, and then he came to me the next morning, and said the fortuneteller told him it was me.

All three NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury, before Mr. COMMON SERJEANT.