Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 26 November 2022), January 1813, trial of MARGERET LAIDLER (t18130113-108).

MARGERET LAIDLER, Deception > fraud, 13th January 1813.

235. MARGERET LAIDLER was indicted for a misdemeanour .

STEPHEN MUTT . I am a poulterer in Leadenhall-market .

Q. Did the prisoner, and at what time, come to your shop - A. On the 18th of December.

Q. Did you know her before - A. Yes, she was in the service of Mr. Cock, a customer of mine. On the 18th of December, about noon, she came; she said, she wanted a large turkey for her master to make a present, and she was going to take it down to the Custom-house to him.

Q. How long had you known her to be actually in the service of Mr. Cock - A. I cannot say. She had left him for a twelve month, as they tell me. I supposed her to be Mr. Cock's servant ; upon that I delivered her one of the largest and finest turkeys I had. She came the next day for a turkey, two fowls, and four pounds of butter. I delivered that to her, as I thought for Mr. Cock. She came in the evening of the same day for a goose and two rabbits. When she went out of the shop, my man said she was a little drunk. I did not see her afterwards, until I saw her before the magistrate, on Monday.

Q. Have you seen Mr. Cock since - A. I do not know that I ever saw him in my life. I never knew him. His servant came and paid for what he had.

ANN HOCKING . I am housekeeper and cook to Simon Cock . I have lived with him about nine or ten months.

Q. On the 18th of December, did you send this person for a turkey on Mr. Cock's account - A. No, I did not. He, nor any of his family, was in town at the time.

Q. All you know is, that this turkey was not for Mr. Cock - A. No, it was not.

NOT GUILTY .

London jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.