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Source: Bell's Weekly Messenger, No.1804, Sunday October 24, 1830.


Elizabeth and Ann Graham, charge of forgery

Two sisters, Elizabeth and Ann Graham, were examined on Tuesday, before Mr. Rawlinson, under a charge of forgery.

It was stated by a shopman in the service of Mr. Brookes [sic], linen-draper, No. 180, Oxford-street, that the prisoners came there between three and four o'clock on Saturday afternoon, and asked him whether, if they purchased goods, two checks which Elizabeth tendered to him would be taken in payment. She said she had received them for her wages of a Mrs. Finnessy, whose name appeared as the drawer, and they were of the house of Cockburn and Co., Whitehall, for 18l. and 13l. He told her if Mr. Brookes [sic] knew the parties, he would not object, and he took the checks up-stairs to Mr. Brooks [sic]. Mr. Brooks [sic] desired him to send a boy out at the private door with the checks to Messrs. Cockburn and Co., and by dilatoriness in serving the young woman to detain them until he came back. Elizabeth looked out some articles which she wanted and they were laid aside; and Ann said, if the checks were taken, she should want goods too. The boy returned, and informed Mr. Brookes [sic] that the checks were forged; and he brought with him the address of a Mrs. Finnessy, who had an account at that banking-house, and Mr. Brooks [sic] sent for a police-constable, and gave the young women into custody.

Mrs. Finnessy said she knew nothing of the checks, they were not in her hand-writing. The prisoner Elizabeth came into her service as cook on the 9th August, and left it last Wednesday. She had lately left her check-book exposed upon the sideboard, but upon examining it since the young woman have been in custody, she does not discover that any blanks have been taken from it.

Elizabeth declared, this she neither stole the checks nor drew them; and Ann said she never saw them until she was in the linendraper's shop.

They were both committed to Newgate for trial.