Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 26 November 2022), October 1836, trial of MARGARET CALLAGHAN (t18361024-3435).

MARGARET CALLAGHAN, Deception > fraud, 24th October 1836.

3435. MARGARET CALLAGHAN was indicted for a misdemeanor.

ELIZABETH SCARE . I am a widow. On the 9th of September the prisoner came to me about eleven o'clock in the forenoon, and stated she wanted a sovereign for Mrs. Mortimer, her mistress—I think she said Mrs. Mortimer sent hershe lived with Mrs. Mortimer the laundress, and used to come for the linen—I did not awe Mrs. Mortimer any money, but I thought she was in want, and I gave ten shillings to take to her—I should not have given it her if I had not believed it was for Mrs. Mortimer, and that she had sent her.

Prisoner. She knows she tells a story—I did not have the money. Witness. I swear gave her the money—I was in the British Museum, where I was taking cars of a house for the summer—she used to come for the linen, and bring it home—I gave her two half-crown and five shillings.

ELIZABETH MORTIMER . I am a widow and a laundress, I live in Great Ormond-street. The prisoner was in my service—I did not send her to borrow any money on the 9th of September—she did not bring me two half-crowns and five shillings that day—she went out and returned in about three quarters of an hour—she then went up stairs, staid a little while, came down, and went away.

Prisoner. I left you because you had another woman's husband in the house. Witness. It is no such thing.

GUILTY . Aged 10. Confined Six Months; Three Weeks Solitary.