Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 28 November 2021), January 1826, trial of MARIA HENCH (t18260112-176).

MARIA HENCH, Theft > theft from a specified place, 12th January 1826.

358. MARIA HENCH was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of December , a table cloth, value 2s. 6d. the goods of Susannah Shallard , in a lodging room .

SUSANNAH SHALLARD. I live in Broad-way, Blackfriars ; the prisoner and her husband have had a furnished room of me since last June. On Saturday week I went up and asked her for my table cloth - she said she could not give it me.

JOSEPH POTTER . I am a beadle, and have nine duplicates which were handed to me by the prosecutor - one relates to the table cloth. I have made application to her husband, who is a very respectable man, and he will have nothing to do with it; I asked the prisoner how she came to pawn these things, she said she did it on account of her husband being bad in bed. I took the prosecutrix to the pawnbroker's, and she swore to all the things.

NOT GUILTY .