Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 02 April 2023), January 1843, trial of WILLIAM LEWIS CHARLOTTE LEWIS (t18430130-705).

WILLIAM LEWIS, CHARLOTTE LEWIS, Theft > simple larceny, 30th January 1843.

705. WILLIAM LEWIS and CHARLOTTE LEWIS were indicted for stealing, on the 15th of Nov., 1 blanket, value 4s.; 3 sheets, 9s.; 1 tablecloth, 2s.; 2 pillows, 4s.; and 2 pillow-cases, 4s.; the goods of Thomas Douglas.

ELLEN DOUGLAS . I am the wife of Thomas Douglas, a ship-carpenter, in Oxford-street, Stepney. In February, 1840, Charlotte Lewis took a furnished apartment of me—both the prisoners came the same evening, and lived there two years all but a month—I went into the room a few hours after they

were gone, and missed the sheets and other articles—I went, in consequence of information, to Mrs. Avila's, a pawnbroker, where I found the pillows and pillow-cases—I also found the table-cloth—I went last Tuesday to the work-house at Mile-end—I found William Lewis there—I said I supposed he was astonished to see me there—he said he was, and he had no money—I gave him in charge—I found Charlotte Lewis at Wapping workhouse—I gave her in charge—the articles here are mine—here are the initials of my name on the cases and the blanket—after going to the pawnbroker's, I received a letter, which, to the best of my belief, is in the writing of William Lewis.

William Lewis. Q. I believe you have lent me articles to pledge? A. Yes, but I never authorised you to take any article out of the room—you knew I would not allow it.

JAMES BENJAMIN AVILA . I am in the service of Sarah Avila, a pawnbroker. I produce some articles pawned there, in the name of Ann Lewis—this blanket was pawned on the 15th of Nov., 1841, I cannot tell by whom, but I believe Charlotte Lewis pawned these pillows.

DANIEL PRESCOTT (police-constable K 75.) I went to Mile-end work-house with Mrs. Douglas, and took William Lewis—I then went to Wapping workhouse, and took Charlotte.

William Lewis's Defence. Mrs. Douglas went to one of my wife's brothers, and said she would forgive me if the tickets were delivered up, and they were; when she has lent me articles I have redeemed them again.

WILLIAM LEWIS— GUILTY. Aged 60.—Recommended to mercy. Confined Three Months.