Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 26 October 2021), October 1804, trial of MARY LYON (t18041024-12).

MARY LYON, Theft > grand larceny, 24th October 1804.

527. MARY LYON was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 18th of September , twenty-three yards of printed cotton, value 30 s. the property of Abraham Francis and Basil Francis .

ABRAHAM FRANCIS sworn. - I am a linen-draper in Holborn , in partnership with Basil Francis : On the 18th of September, I was attending a lady at the back part of the shop, when the prisoner was brought in by William Gear with a print under her cloaths; I saw it taken from her.

WILLIAM GEAR sworn. - I live in Little Ormond-yard: On Tuesday, the 18th of September, I was going down Holborn, and saw the prisoner and another woman go into three or four different shops; I then saw them go to Mr. Francis's door; the prisoner went into the shop; there was a piece of print on a stool just within the door; the prisoner and the other woman both laid hold of the print, and the prisoner, with the assistance of the other woman, got the print into her apron; the other woman made her escape; I laid hold of the prisoner, and took her into the shop, with the property on her.

- BICKNELL sworn. - On Tuesday, the 18th of September, I saw the prisoner and another woman take the print; Gear went after them, and brought back the prisoner.

MARY DAVIS sworn. - I was going down Holborn on the 18th of September; William Gear pointed out the woman to us, and I saw them go to Mr. Francis's door and take the print; the other woman put it in the prisoner's apron; I saw her brought back.

JOHN PRICE sworn. - I took the prisoner into custody. (Produces the property.)

Francis. This is my print; I had placed it there about half an hour before.

Prisoner's defence. Another woman gave it to me to take care of it for her, because her husband was drunk, and she was afraid he would pawn it and spend the money.

GUILTY , aged 28.

Confined six months in the House of Correction .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.