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Fanny : Commonwealth Cause, Richmond City

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did not rehire the prisoner for the present year and when she left and got a home, witness obtained a Search warrant and found One dress and hoop skirt and one bed comfort which had been stolen from the house just before it was fired, they were in a wardrobe up stairs in a room occupied by Mrs Totty that being the very room in which the house was fired - The Search Warrant was executed on the prisoners room and the articles found - Witness identifies the property - Several days after the prisoner seemed to be very active in getting the things from the neighbors and brinking [bringing] them home.

Sarah B. Totty sworn deposed that she resides at Mr. Johnson's and on the Seventh of Dec last witnesses room was robbed and the house set on fire in the room - Witness knew that the hoop skirt, garters & other things were in the wardrobe the morning of the fire for witness hung them up in the wardrobe herself. Mr. Johnson obtained a search warrant and searched the prisoners room after she had been hired out for this year and found the hoop skirt and other things that witness identifies as her property - On the day of the fire the prisoner was washing clothes and was in the habit of going up stairs to get the clothing to wash - Witness did not see the prisoner during the fire - Witness and prisoner put the carpet