Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 10 May 2021), May 1822, trial of MARY BUDD (t18220522-164).

MARY BUDD, Theft > grand larceny, 22nd May 1822.

928. MARY BUDD was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of April , one coat, value 3 l.; one waistcoat, value 1 l.; one handkerchief, value 1 s., and one towel, value 6 d. , the goods of George M'Carthy .

GEORGE PILLETT . I am an errand boy to George M'Carthy, a taylor , who lives in Dorset-street, Manchester-square. Last Saturday five weeks, between eleven and twelve o'clock in the day, I was taking a suit of clothes to Dean's-yard, Westminster - and in Windmill-street this girl stopped me and asked me to go on an errand; I said if it was not far out of the way I would; she said she would give me 1 d. then, and a halfpenny when I returned; and to go to Goddard's in Wimpole-street, and ask for one Jones, and tell him she wanted him. She followed me to the top of Archer-street , and said she would hold my bundle for me - I looked at her a good while, and she said,

"Oh, if you are afraid of my keeping it, don't let me hold it." I gave it her and went into the house, which is twenty yards off; I found Jones there, and told him the girl wanted him. I returned and she was off with the bundle, which has never been found. I saw her a month afterwards in the same dress, except her bonnet, and am certain of her, her voice is the same.

JOHN CHEW . I am a constable. I apprehended her in Silver-street, Golden-square, on another charge; the boy recognized her immediately.

Prisoner's Defence. I never saw him or his things.

GUILTY Aged 14.

There were seven other charges against the prisoner.

Transported for Seven Years .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.