Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 04 August 2020), July 1828, trial of ELIZABETH GILLIES (t18280703-108).

ELIZABETH GILLIES, Theft > simple larceny, 3rd July 1828.

1456. ELIZABETH GILLIES was indicted for stealing, on the 1st of July , 1 gown, value 2s. , the goods of Henry Smith .

ELIZABETH SMITH . I am the wife of Henry Smith. I lost a gown on the 1st of July; I had seen it safe on the table in my parlour the night before - the parlour adjoins my shop, which is in South-street, Manchester-square .

JAMES MOODY . I am a pawnbroker. I took in this gown of the prisoner on the 1st of July.

PHILIP WEBSTER . From the description the pawnbroker gave me, I went to the first-floor back room of the house where the prisoner lived - she was a long time before she would let me in; I said I wanted her to go to the pawnbroker's - I at last got her out; she said I had no occasion to take her to the pawnbroker's, she was guilty and had taken the gown.

Prisoner. I picked it up as I was going for milk - I did not steal it; I did pawn it, but it was through distress.

NOT GUILTY .