From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General
Advertiser, Saturday 23 August, 1851.
BOROUGH PETTY SESSIONS
Maria Smith, widow, deposed - I am housekeeper to Mr. William
Knott, 78, Limekiln Street. On Thursday evening, before retiring to
rest, I locked the doors below, and all in the house was safe. Mr. Knott
had previously retired to bed .........
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On looking round. I also perceived that some articles of wearing apparel
belonging to me were missing. I at once ran up stairs to see if my watch
was safe, and found it gone; the watch was in Mr. Knott's bedroom. I
afterward gave information of the robbery to the police. Yesterday I
went to the police station, and there saw and identified the articles
now produced, viz. two petticoats, 1 bed gown, 1 chemise, and 1 pair of
drawers, valued at 10s.; and a silver watch, of the value of £2. The
whole are my property.
Sergeant Burridge - By direction of my Superintendent, and from
information he had received relative to a robbery at 78,
Limekiln-street, I yesterday proceeded to Deal, accompanied by
police-constable Jenkinson. In Lower-street, Deal, at a public-house
called the "Sugar Loaf," kept by Valentine Silk, I apprehended prisoner
on suspicion of being the thief. On going up stairs I saw the watch now
produced taken by the landlady from the top of a drawer, and given to
her husband, who handed it to me. The landlady said prisoner placed it
in her charge to prevent two soldiers stealing it. Prisoner was then in
another room with a girl and two men. I afterwards took the purse
produced from prisoner, which however is not the property of prosecutor,
but belongs to Mr. Knott.
Police-constable Jenkinson - I accompanied the last witness to Deal,
and while at the "Sugar Loaf" received one of the pettycoats and the
drawers now produced from a girl named Miller; the bed gown I received
Eliz. Burridge, wife of Sergeant Burridge - I search prisoner
yesterday, and found upon her person the chemise and a pettycoat - part
of the property sworn to my Smith as belonging to her.
Sarah Silk, wife of Valentine Silk, of the "Sugar Loaf" - Prisoner
came to her house at noon on Friday last, and had a pint of beer. The
bundle produced she brought with her, enclosed in the shawl now in
Harriett Miller - I am a single woman, and lodge at the "Sugar Loaf."
The things given by me to the constable Jenkinson were placed in my box
by the prisoner. I gave them up before they were asked for.
In reply to the charge prisoner made no defence, and was committed
As nothing transpires in the evidence above that affords a clue to
the means of which prisoner gained admission to 78, Limekiln-street, it
would seem essential to furnish a particular or two that has since been
communicated. The girl, as stated before the Bench by Superintendent
Coram, is of respectable parentage, her father filling a responsible
situation in the London Commercial Gas Company.
Guilty of some misconduct at home, she absconded from her parents'
roof on being remonstrated with, and travels to Dover with a soldier,
who on her arrival proves to be a married man. In the course of her
disreputable proceedings here, she falls in with Knott, is by him taken
to his residence, and the sequel is placed before us by the respectable
witness in the case. There can be no doubt that prisoner would have been
apprehended before she left Dover had the proper information have been
communicated; but Knott, conscious of not being guiltless in the matter,
appears to have withheld so much of the particulars as related to