Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 06 February 2023), June 1840, trial of JANE CLARKE (t18400615-1627).

JANE CLARKE, Theft > simple larceny, 15th June 1840.

1627. JANE CLARKE was indicted for stealing, on the 23rd of May, 3 handkerchiefs, value 12s., the goods of Charlotte Selina Wilson and another.

HENRY WILLIAMS. I live with Mrs. Charlotte Selina Wilson and another, linen-drapers, in St. John-street. On the 23rd of May the prisoner came for some ribbon, which I sold her—I suspected she had some property, and when she went out I followed her—she saw that she was discovered when the got two doors from the house—she returned back, and returned these three handkerchiefs—they are my employers'.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Did you say before the Magistrate that she discovered you following her? A. Yes, I think I did—I cannot swear it—I do not remember it—she said that it was done unintentionally, and gave my fellow-shopman the handkerchiefs.

NOT GUILTY.