Anne Hoy , Sarah Hobbs , and
Anne Sparks , were indicted for stealing one Silver Watch, Value 4 l. one Pair of Brass Shoe-buckles, Value 6 d. two Handkerchiefs,
Value 1 s. and ten Shillings in Money; the Property of Thomas Fellows , the 23d of March last.
Q. (to Thomas Fellows .) Where
do you live?
Fellows. I lodge at one Mr. Smith's,
Q. Don't you lodge at Jane Dohson
Fellows. No, Sir.
Q. Where does Jane Dohson live?
Fellows. The farther End of Rosemary-Lane.
Q. Had you any thing at her House?
Fellows. The Things I had were
Court. You lay there, did you?
and you lodge at another Place.
Fellows. I lodg'd at Jane Dohson
's; but I live, when I am at home, at one Mr. Smith's, near Stepney.
Q. How came you to lodge there?
Fellows. I lodg'd there by a
very great Misfortune, only one Night?
Q. Which Night was that?
Fellows. On Thursday Night.
Q. What Day of the Month?
Fellows. The 20th of March.
Q. Then you had those Things
Court. Tell us what Things you
Fellows. I had a Watch.
Q. What Pocket was your Watch
Fellows. In my Right-hand Pocket.
Q. What was it a Silver Watch?
Fellows. Yes, worth four Guineas.
Q. Had you any Shoes there and
Q. And what were they worth?
Fellows. Sixpence. I had also
Q. What might they be worth?
Fellows. One Shilling.
Q. Where were they?
Fellows. One was about my Neck,
the other in my Coat Pocket.
Q. Well; Had you any Money?
Fellows. Yes, ten Shilling in
Silver in my Breeches Pocket.
Q. And did you lose these Things?
Fellows. I lost them all.
Q. How long was you in the House?
Fellows. About six or eight Hours.
I was in the House about Twelve o'Clock at Night, and went away between Five and Six in the Morning.
Court. We suppose you went to
bed there, Did you not ? Did you pull off your Cloaths?
Fellows. I did, Sir.
Q. When did you first miss your
Fellows. When I awaked, Sir.
Q. Did they take your Breeches
Fellows. No; they left my Breeches.
Q. Are you sure the Things were
there when you went to bed.
Fellows. I am sure of that, Sir.
Q. Do you know any thing who
Fellows. Sarah Hobbs , and Anne
Sparks , between them.
Q. How do you know they had them?
Fellows. I know it, because they
confess'd it the very same Day.
Q. Did they lie with you?
Fellows. One of them, Sarah Hobbs
Q. Where did the other lie?
Fellows. The other lay in another
Bed in the same Room: When I awaked they were both gone.
Q. When did you find either of
Fellows. The same Day, at the
Q. Did you find any of the Things
Fellows. Yes, Sir, the two Handkerchiefs;
they had them about each of their Necks, I am sure.
Q. Did you find any thing else,
your Watch or Shoebuckles ?
Fellows. No, my Lord, I found
nothing of them again.
Q. What did they say to you?
What did Sarah Hobbs confess?
Fellows. She confess'd she had
Q. Did she confess how she had
Fellows. She did not give a particular
Account how she took it.
Q. Did she co nfess she took
any thing else ?
Q. Did Anne Sparks say that she
had any thing at all? but you say found one of the Handkerchiefs about her Neck; I don't find that she confess'd any thing
Fellows. The Money they bought
new Cloaths with.
Q. Did Anne Sparks say so?
Q. (to John Herridge .) What
Herridge. I went with Mr. Fellows
to see if I could find these Women; I happen'd to find them at the House of Mr. Tomson's; there Sarah Hobbs was in the House,
and she acknowledg'd she had the Handkerchief, and took the Watch, and said they had ten Shillings: And as for the Buckles,
they gave them to a Soldier.
Q. What did you hear Anne Sparks
Herridge. I did not hear her
say any Thing, but she had one of the Handkerchiefs about her Neck.
Q. What do you know about the
Herridge. We found Anne Hoy in
Ragg-Fair. We went into an Alehouse; she acknowledg'd to me, if the Man would give her two Guineas she would help him to the
Q. Did she confess her taking
Herridge. She said she did not
commit any Robbery, for she was not there; but for a couple of Guineas she could help him to the Watch again.
Court. So you know nothing of
her, only that she said she could help him to the Watch again.
Q. (to Anne Scott .) What do
you know of this Matter?
Scott. This Gentleman (the Prosecutor)
brought in Sarah Hobbs as his Wife; he brought in this Anne Sparks for her Sister; and he paid 8 d. for two Beds for them.
Court. You live there, don't
Scott. Sir, 'tis my own Sister;
she came in as his Wife, and Anne Sparks came in as her Sister.
Court. Then Sarah Hobbs he brought
in as his Wife.
Scott. Yes, Sir, he paid 8 d.
for his Bed.
Q. Do you know any thing of their
taking these Things?
Scott. Sir, at Three o'Clock
in the Morning they went to bed, as Man and Wife: She (my Sister) lets Lodgings there. The young Woman went up at Three o'Clock
in the Morning, and she took away his Shoes, Watch and Money; she own'd, when she was took the next Day, the taking the said
Things. She hit Anne Sparks a Slap on the Face, for not taking away his Breeches, and said, Why did you not take away his
Plate-button'd Coat and Breeches. Anne Sparks is a very innocent Creature, I believe, and 'tis pity she should suffer. Sarah
Hobbs own'd the Shoes were pawn'd in Shoreditch for a Shilling.
Q. Did she own she took any thing
Scott. Sarah Hobbs took them
all away. She waken'd Anne Sparks out of a Sleep, and told her she did not understand her Trade, &c.
Q. (to the Prisoner.) Sarah Hobbs
, will you ask this Witness any Questions?
Prisoner. I don't know any thing
Q. Have you any Witnesses ?
Q. (to Sarah Betts .) Do you
understand any thing of this Matter, or do you come to the Prisoner's Character?
Betts. I come to the Character
of Sarah Hobbs .
Q. What Character has she?
Betts. She was brought up in
a very sober Way, and I never heard of any Thing against her before. She us'd to Wash and Scour, and go out to Harvest work
in the Country. She is a Widow.
Court. You never heard an ill
Character of her before.
Betts. No, my Lord.
Q. Do you know any thing of Anne
Betts. I have seen her.
Q. Do you know any thing of Anne
Betts. No farther than seeing
Anne Sparks and Anne Hoy Acquitted.
Sarah Hobbs Guilty