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Old Bailey Proceedings: Accounts of Criminal Trials

11th April 1804

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279. SARAH PILCH proceedingsdefend This name instance is in set 3208. was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 1st of March , five pewter quart pots, value 5 s. the property of Francis Matthison proceedingsvictim .

FRANCIS MATTHISON < no role > sworn. - I am a publican at the George and Crown, Broad-street, Bloomsbury : On the 1st of March, the prisoner at the bar came into my house about seven o'clock in the evening, and took five quart pots out of the sink, where the girl had them to wash; she took them out of the house, and went over the way with them; the girl saw her take them, she called out, and a gentleman took her.

Q. Did you yourself see the prisoner there? - A. Not till after she was taken.

CHARLOTTE ELLIOTT < no role > sworn. - I live with Mr. Matthison; the prisoner worked at the army work for a person that lived in the house: On the 1st of March I was washing the pots in the yard, she came into the yard at the time; I heard the pots rattle, it was in the evening on Taffy's night, and I cried out; she run as far as the Black Dog in St. Giles's; she was never out of my sight till a gentleman stopped her; my master and mistress knew not a word of it till she was brought back; she dropped three of the pots just by the Black Dog, and two I took out of her lap when she was brought back; she insisted they were not my property; I told her they were my master's.

SAMPSON JONES < no role > sworn. - I am a waiter at the Cock Tavern, Royal Exchange: I was going to my cousin's to supper at Tottenham Court-road; I saw the prisoner coming out of the house, and the girl making a noise; I followed the prisoner, and took her, and brought her back.

Q. What had she upon her? - A. These five pots.

Q. What did she say for herself? - A. She said but very little.

(The pots produced and identified by the prosecutor.)

Prisoner's defence. I worked for a person in Mr. Matthison's house, up two pair of stairs; I was going there in the evening, and I met a woman at the door that lives in Leather-lane, Holborn; she met me in the passage, and she told me to take those pots; I was going away with them, and that young man stopped me; I did not know whose they were; that girl did not call after me, it was her fellow-servant.

Charlotte Elliott < no role > . My fellow-servant knew nothing about it, it was me; do not tell a lie about it.


Confined six months in the House of Correction .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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