Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 7.2, 28 June 2017), October 1842, trial of ALICE LOWE (t18421024-2814).

ALICE LOWE, Theft > theft from a specified place, 24th October 1842.

2814. ALICE LOWE was indicted for stealing, on the 22nd of July, 2 miniatures, value 15l.; 2 snuff-boxes, value 60l.; 1 toothpick, value 5l.; 1 gold box, value 9l.; 1 watch-hook, value 20l.; 1 opal box, value 20l.; 2 knives, value 4l.; 1 smelling-bottle, value 5l.; and 1 etui case, value 20l.; the goods of Lodge Raymond, Viscount Frankfort de Montmorency, in his dwelling-house.—2nd COUNT, stating them to be the goods of Lodge Raymond de Montmorency.

MESSRS. CLARKSON and BODKIN conducted the Prosecution,

LODGE RAYMOND, VISCOUNT FRANKFORT DE MONTMORENCY . At the time of this transaction, I resided in Southwick Terrace, Paddington—I came there about October or November last year—I have been for some time separated from Lady Frankfort—I first saw the prisoner on the 26th of May, when she came to my house in company with a Miss Mitchell, about ten o'clock at night—I had six or seven minutes conversation with Miss Mitchell, partly in the first-floor hall, and partly in the drawing-room and the hall—the lights in the drawing-room had been put out, and I was up stairs about retiring to bed—the prisoner and Miss Mitchell both went away together—I said nothing to the prisoner on that occasion, nor she to me—I did not expect Miss Mitchell or the prisoner that evening—I next saw the prisoner on the 28th—it might be about twenty minutes past ten o'clock at night—she came to the house in a cab alone—she ran up to the first-floor hall, just where I saw her before, and in about five minutes I came down—I was on the second-floor—I came down and found her just in the drawing-room, by the door—there was a light on the landing—I asked her what she had come for—she said she had come to see me and to stop—I at first said it was better for her not to stop—I said, "You may have friends at home who don't know where you may be"—she said she did not care, and she would stop—I kept the cab waiting till about one o'clock, and when she seemed resolved to stop, I went and sent the cab away, and she remained, and staid there till the night of the 22nd of July, passing the nights in the same room with me—I had not then the slightest reason to expect she was going—there was no quarrel or difference whatever between us—when she was with me I had in my possession two miniatures, one cost me 16l. and the other 10l.—three china snuff-boxes, which I have always been told were matchless, no value could be set on them—I believe my solicitor has ascertained they would fetch 20l. each at a pawnbroker's—they were bought with other things, also a toothpick case—I can set no value on it—I always bought these things in a large mass—I bought about 1500l.; worth at a time—I sent over to France and collected them—the toothpick case was worth more than 7l. or 8l.—there was a gold snuff-box worth 9l., a gold enammelled watch-hook, worth 20l., I think I gave 50l. for it—an opal-box worth more than 20l., a paper and penknife, worth about 5l., a gold smelling-bottle worth 25l., two etui cases, one worth 5l. and the other 20l.—I also missed other property—I never gave either of the articles I have named to the prisoner, nor permission to pawn or dispose of them in any way—they were kept in a wardrobe, where I kept my clothes, in the room in which I slept—she had access to them, as the drawer was open while I was m the room—it was not locked till I went out of the room—then I always locked it—I gave her a great number of things while with me—she brought no stock of clothes when she came—I had her supplied with articles of dress—she did not leave my house while with me, till she left finally.

Cross-examined by MR. ADOLPHUS. Q. How long ago was your lordship married? A. In 1835—my wife and I have lived apart about four years—she is living in Chapel-street, Grosvenor-square—I lived in Green-street, Grosvenor-square, before I went to the house in question—the house is

furnished now, it was not finished at the time the prisoner lived with me—only three rooms were then furnished—my family consisted of two servants, one maid-servant and a hoy—the female was cook, housemaid, and all—I parted with them about three weeks after the prisoner went—I have not brought them here, nor Miss Mitchell—I understand you have brought her—the prisoner never went out from the time she came, which was eight weeks—she had friends to visit her, who she stated to be her sister and niece, and the hair-dresser came to dress her hair, at her own request—his name is Mitchell—I have not brought him here—I saw this jewellery last in the wardrobe drawer—the prisoner's things were in a separate drawer—there were some of her things in the same drawer, and my clothes were there also, several shirts, cravats, and stocks—very few of her clothes were in that drawer—she kept her brushes there—her linen was in the drawer underneath—the drawer was accessible to her when I was in the room, not otherwise.

Q. Did you lock up her dresses?. A. I cannot say what she put there—she sometimes put them there—I always locked the drawer—several of my friends came to see me while she was living with me—Mr. Borrodaile, an attorney, Mr. Maloy, another attorney, and Mrs. Hooley—I do not recollect who else—they did not come to eat and drink, they came on business, and I did not see the prisoner—I always went down stairs to them—she saw nobody but her own friends, who used to come three times a-week, and sometimes four or five times a-week—she never asked leave to go out and I refused—she staid at home quite contented—when Miss Mitchell brought her she was not mentioned to me by name—Miss Mitchell brought me some tickets for her own benefit, for me to circulate for her—I took them, and did circulate them—she was there ten minutes—many people have brought me tickets, which I have circulated for them—I have circulated them for Miss Mitchell three or four times.

Q. How came you acquainted with Miss Mitchell? A. She had been in America, and became acquainted with somebody there who knew me, and wrote over for me to assist her in any way I could for her benefit—these three or four benefits have been within a year—I understood the tickets were for her benefit—when she brought the prisoner J did not ask who she was—I hardly had time—I never ask who comes with anybody—she came the next night but one, without any introduction, and said she had come to stay with me—I asked her no questions—she staid, and went to bed to me—I told her she might stop if she liked, and as long as she liked, but I would not keep her to run about the streets, and if she went she must stay away—she said she would stop—I said she might stop—I said if she went out she was welcome to do it, but she must stay out—no other woman had lived with me on those terms—I have children by marriage, and otherwise since my marriage—the mother of those children lived with me seven or eight years, and lived as she liked—the prisoner left about nine o'clock, and about ten I looked, and found the keys were gone—some of the cases were left—I looked in the cases, and they were empty—I sent a servant down to where she said her sister lived, in Richmond-buildings—the servant could hear of no such person there—I then sent word down to my solicitor, Mr. Wooller—the gentlemen I mentioned as calling were not my solicitors—they came on the business of other people—Mr. Wooller has been my solicitor when I have had occasion to send to the police-office—I was not in the habit of sending to the police-office—Mr. Wooller has been my solicitor about two years—he is not here that I know of—he advertised the articles

as he told me—I sent him the particulars of them—he told me he had advertised them afterwards—bills were printed—I saw one of them at the police-office on the second day—that was the first I saw—I understood it was the list of the things I had sent down—he told me he had circulated them—I have not settled my account with him—I never attended a police-office except on this business—I was not there about an Italian boy being beaten in the street—I was summoned there—Mr. Wooller attended for me—the Magistrate fined me—I never gave a lady a 50l. note instead of a 5l. note anywhere—Mr. Lewis conducts this prosecution for me—I dined at home nearly every day the prisoner was with me—I saw her wear diamond earrings which I had in the drawer with the other things—I gave her several other articles of jewellery, which she wore, such as brooches and rings—I have seen her wear a miniature of myself, which was lying on the toilet—the earrings, brooches, &c. were kept in separate cases in the same drawer with the things I charge her with stealing—the things I gave her she put into different drawers—they were in her work-box—I ordered her dresses for her, and paid for them—she did not go out to order them—I wrote for them—I did not go to the milliner's, and never said so, although that answer is in the depositions—I never gave Miss Mitchell clothes—she is an actress, and I rather think at the Olympic—I never asked her—I never had a lady come to my house besides the prisoner—I made inquiry to find the prisoner of several people, and from the information they gave me I sent immediately down to Mr. Wooller—I received two letters from the prisoner after she left, which are here—one came by post on the 29th of July—the other is dated the 3rd of August, and I received it about then—I sent the let ten to Mr. Wooller, and left it entirely to him to act—the milliner sent pattern of dresses to her, which she set on, and sent back again—Miss Mitchell was once going to act for some benefit, there was a uniform coat she was to wear, she did not know what uniform was right, I lent her a pattern, and she took it to her own tailor.

COURT. Q. You say the prisoner left your house about nine o'clock? A. Yes—I discovered the things were gone about ten—I was up stairs in the library when she left—that is over the bed-room—the wardrobe drawer was locked—the things had gone, according to the tickets, a mooth before, but the cases were left—I found the drawers still locked.

ARTHUR JAMES JONES . I am in the service of Mr. Vaughan, a pawnbroker, in the Strand. I produce a miniature in gold cases, which I received in pledge on the 26th of July, in the name of Miss Chester No. 38, Craven-street—I know the prisoner as a customer, a person who passed as her sister, and another as her niece—I cannot say for certainty which of the three pawned it—it was pledged by one of the three for 30s.—I produce an antique gold snuff-box pawned on the 30th of September by the prisoner for 7l. 5s., and another pledged on the 30th of July, with a third, by the prisoner for 5l., together, in the name of Miss Chester, Leicester-place—they are Dresden china with gilt linings—I should say they are very valuable—I have left one at home, as it would not go into the box—I have a gold and enamelled watch-hook, which was left on the 30th of September by the prisoner, at the same time as the gold snuff-box—I did not give any duplicate for the articles brought on the 30th of September—I advanced 26l. 10s. on them I believe—she said she could not wait, and would call in the afternoon for the duplicate—I have an opal box, which was part of the things brought on the

30th of September, and two knives, which I have not brought—I have a gold-mounted smelling-bottle in a gold case, pledged on the 7th of June, in the name of Miss Chester, William-street—it is of antique and elaborate workmanship, and has a diamond spring—I am not certain which of the three brought it—it was one of them—I have another smelling-bottle in a gold case pledged on the 9th of July with a card-case for five guineas by her sister, I believe, in the name of Miss Chester, No. 38, Craven-street—I have an etui case cased with gold, and with a diamond snap and cornelian feet, pledged on the 7th of July—the whole of the things produced had been redeemed on the 30th of August, and left again on the 30th of September, and I advanced 26l. 10s. on them—they were all pledged singly except two, afterwards redeemed on the 30th of August, and again all deposited on the 30th of September—I hold the duplicates which belong to us—those which ought to have been given her I have left at home—the whole of the articles, I believe, were pledged in the name of Chester, the only name by which I knew her—I have a toothpick-case pawned for 1l., in the name of Miss Chester, Gerard-street, by the prisoner—it was part of the lot pawned for 26l. 10s.—some of the articles were enclosed in leather cases, and some not.

Cross-examined. Q. You knew the girl's person perfectly well, I suppose? A, Yes, she had been a customer at our shop frequently—I knew she was living with some nobleman, but knew nothing else about her—I cannot say whether the things pawned before the 30th of September were brought by her—I put the address down as a matter of course, knowing where they lived—I never saw a bill distributed among the trade, describing the articles—when such bills are distributed they are stuck up in the shop for a week or fortnight—if such articles had been announced to us as lost or stolen in July, we should not have lent money on them in September—I know nothing of any such notice in the trade—there was no secrecy or concealment when they were brought—I told her they were unusual things for us to see, and it was necessary to make inquiry—she satisfied me at once, by saying they were presents.

MR. CLARKSON. Q. Would you be satisfied upon articles of considerable value being brought, if the persons told you they were presents? A. Not unless I knew them, and the mode of life they were leading—I have known the prisoner four years as a customer—it was about the early part of June, this year, that I knew her under the protection of a nobleman—I have frequently known her in similar circumstances, not from any communication from herself, only from supposition and hearsay—I only knew her as pledging.

WILLIAM BOURNE . I am assistant at a pawnbroker's, named Rochford, in Brewer-street, Golden-square. I produce a miniature, in a gold case, pawned on the 26th of July, by the prisoner, in the name of Mrs. Lonsdale, No. 18, Craven-street, Strand, for 2l. 10s.

JOHN HAYNES . I am inspector of the A division of police. On the 30th of September, I went to No. 46, Gerrard-street, Soho, and found twelve pawnbroker's duplicates, six of which I gave up to the prisoner's solicitor, by direction of the Magistrate, being her own; one of the others is for a snuff-box, pawned on the 30th of July, at Mr. Vaughan's, Strand, in the name of Miss Chester, No. 36, Craven-street; one for a gold chain, scentbox, and gold-mounted tablet, pawned on the 9th of July, for 3l. 10s., in the same name and address; one on the 7th of June, a smelling-bottle and gold

case for five guineas, in the name of Miss Chester, King-street; one on the 26th of July, for a miniature for 2l. Os. 2d., at Rochford's, Brewer-street in the name of Mrs. Lonsdale, Craven-street—I had seen the prisoner into the house in Gerrard-street on the evening of the 29th of September—I found the duplicates in the lid of a work-box, or writine-desk—when I went I inquired for her, but she was in custody at the time.

Cross-examined. Q. You never was employed in this busineu till the 29th? A, I had heard of the affair a fortnight or three weeks, and Mr. Lewis had come to say that property had been stolen from Lord Frank fort's—I traced her to the house by making inquiry.

MR. CLARKSON. Q. About three weeks before Mr. Lewis bad given you notice, and desired she might be taken into custody? A. Yet, but I was not personally engaged in looking for her till the 29th.

LORD FRANKFORT (examining the articles.) These are all mine, and what I missed from my house.

Crossrexamined. Q. Did Miss Mitchell come to your house much while the prisoner was there? A. She might have come twice—I have no impression that she came more than twice—the prisoner offered her in my presence a small etui case—she had then lived with me about three days—I forbid her—I would not Jet her—it was not in a case, it was lying on the table—I said I would not allow any person to give that away—I have been in the army, and left when I became of age, in 1837—I was in the 10th Hussars, under Colonel Wyndham—Lord Londonderry is Colonel of the regiment.

NOT GUILTY .