Mary Hobler - London UK
Where: London, UK
When: 6th July 1774
Crime: theft, simple grand larceny
The Proceedings of the Old Bailey - Trial Ref: t17740706-37 (502)
MARY HOBLER was indicted for stealing two guineas, a quarter of a guinea, and four shillings in money numbered, the property of Edward Fielder, June 22d. + Edward Fielder. I was going past the Horse Guards on the 22d of June; the prisoner asked me if I would give her any beer; I said I would if she was thirsty; we had three pints of beer at a public house; I said if she was hungry I would give her some bacon and veal I had in my pocket; we went and eat it together; after that I went home with her to her apartments; we went to bed there, when I went into the room I said don't take my money because I have a bill to pay; she promised me she would not take it; I locked the door and put the key upon the mantle-piece; when I waked the prisoner was gone and I missed my money; the door was open and the key was upon the ground; there was no one in the house but she and I; she was taken up on the 24th.
The prisoner in her defence denied the charge, but did not call any witnesses.
Mary was found guilty and sentenced to Transportation for a period of seven years (in 1774 prisoners were still being transported to America. It wasn't until 1776 that transportation to the States was halted. Transportation resumed in 1787 but the destination changed to Australia).
Appendix: John Benson, County Treasurer, is ordered to pay Edward Fielder for his expenses and loss of time in prosecuting Mary Hobler for felony, with a signed receipt of payment
Original Document is held at the London Metropolitan Archive, MJ/SP/1774/07/134.
(transferred from the now defunct Hobler MSN Group; originally posted 3/12/2003)