Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 05 October 2022), July 1816, trial of MARY HAMPTON (t18160710-43).

MARY HAMPTON, Theft > theft from a specified place, 10th July 1816.

719. MARY HAMPTON was indicted for stealing, on the 15th of June , in the dwelling-house of John Harlow , since deceased, two bags, value 2s. nineteen shillings in monies numbered, one 5l. bank note, and ten 1l. bank notes , the property of the said John Harlow .

SARAH HARLOW . The prisoner at the bar lived servant with us a fortnight and three days. She left me on the 15th of June, without having told me it was her intention to leave me. I missed the money in question from a drawer, where I had seen it the Friday afternoon previous.

ANN HARLOW . I am the daughter of the last witness. I put the prisoner to bed on the night previous to her abscounding; she was rather intoxicated; I had no knowledge of her intending to leave the house. The money had been kept in the back dining-room. In the morning that she was gone, the lock was about three parts up, and the top of the cellavet was strained, and was very much crushed under the lock.

THOMAS HARLOW . On the 29th of June, in consequence of information given to me by a sister of mine, I went to a public-house where I saw the prisoner. I sat down opposite to her in the same settle. I questioned her about the money; but she denied all knowledge of it. I sent for an officer, and had her apprehended.

Prisoner's Defence. I am innocent of it, and know nothing at all about it.

NOT GUILTY .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Abbott.