Old Bailey Proceedings:
Old Bailey Proceedings: Accounts of Criminal Trials

28th February 1728

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Mary Harvey proceedingsdefend This name instance is in set 1520. , John Eaton proceedingsdefend , Arabella Eaton proceedingsdefend , his Wife , and David Harvey < no role > , not yet taken, were indicted for feloniously stealing a Flower'd Silk Suit, a Holland Gown and Petticoat, lin'd with Green Silk, 1 Pair of Holland Sheets, 2 Linnen Table-Cloths, 3 Napkins, a Pair of Stays trimm'd with Silver, a Sattin Gown lin'd with Silk, 4 Silk Petticoats, a Dimitty Petticoat, 6 Yards of white Silk, 5 Yards of black Silk, 3 Yards of Flower'd Silk, a Twilight, (or covering for a Tea-Table ) a Pillow Case, and other Goods, on the 10th of March , the Goods of Jane Fielding proceedingsvictim , taken out of the House of David Harvey < no role > .

Jane Fielding < no role > depos'd, That she accidentally came acquainted with the Prisoners at Bristol, to which Place she came from Ireland, and brought the Goods with her from thence, where she left her Husband, who was a Soldier, and that having a Mind to come for London, she intrusted the Prisoners with the Management of her Affairs, who sent her Goods to Bath, and from thence they were sent to London; and that when she came to London herself, she took Lodgings at one Sarah Lattimbre < no role > 's House, and left the Goods in the House of David Harvey < no role > ; that she lay one Night at David Harvey < no role > 's House, and wanting Money, she open'd, her Trunk, and took out some of of her Goods, in order to pawn them; and that the Prisoners at the Bar being present, they took the Goods from her, and apply'd them to their own Use, without her Consent; and that Mary Harvey < no role > pawn'd some of them for 55 s. and afterwards charg'd her as a Thief, but not being able to prove her guilty of any thing of that Nature, they arrested her; and in the Interim they carried off all her Goods. She further said, That at the first Time of their robbing her in David Harvey < no role > 's House, she had a Person to stand by her; which, when John Eaton < no role > saw, he fetch'd a Press-Gang, and carried him off. She then troubled the Court with an incoherent Harrangue of her pawning her Rings to discharge some Debts she had contracted, and the Prisoners at the Bar being concerned in the making away the said Rings, &c.

She then call'd several Witnesses, to prove that the Goods mention'd in the Indictment were her's, and that the Prisoners at the Bar had them without her Consent; but their Depositions not concurring with each other, they had no other Effect than to prove that the Whole was a misterious Labyrinth, and that both the Prisoners and the Prosecutor were a contentious malicious People. The Evidences for the Prisoners confirm'd the same, there not being two of them who agreed in their Depositions; however, it appear'd to the Court, that the Prosecutor had put the Prisoners at some Expence at Bristol, that they had been at Charges on the Road to London, on her Account, and that she had acknowledg'd herself indebted to them; and furthermore, that she consented to the Pawning of some of those Goods with which she charged the Prisoners: Upon the Whole, the Jury acquitted them.

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