Mary Ann Walton

Evidence Type: Newspaper Report
26 November 1830

Useful Servants

MARY ANN WALTON was brought before their Worships, and charged that she had been found, contrary to the wish of her master, in the sleeping apartments of one Mr. DAY, during the night of Wednesday the 13th October instant. She had been deprived of her ticket of leave and returned to the factory on a somewhat similar charge, on a former occasion, Mr. DAY being a married man, altho’ in sort “put asunder.” She bears the name of a very useful servant in every capacity, save one, and to that she seemed anxiously to adhere; to wit, that of a wet nurse, but she had ventured illegally and in an erroneous quarter to accomplish her end, so that she entertains no hope of realizing her aim, but is certain of punishment. Sentence—one month in class No. 3 in the Factory.

THE KING v. DAY: — CONSTANTINE MOLLOY, a constable, deposed that he received information that MARY ANN WALTON was harboured in the lodgings of JOSEPH DAY, dealer and chapman, Windsor; that he detected, and apprehended her on the spot, and that she was a prisoner illegally “under his protection.” The Bench called another witness to establish the charge more fully, as the prisoner had a pass from her master to proceed to a particular house, a respectable inn in the town, but she had infringed this liberty, and had escorted her paramour to his lodgings for his better safety, for he was tipsey at the time. JOE DAY then said, “the girl (38 years old) was at my house, gentlemen, — I would not tell a falsity — I’ve no room to deny it — I’ll speak from my conscience — the girl was there — and there all the night — and should to-morrow night, if came again.” It was evident there was a penchant for “the girl,” encouraged in a manner not strictly legal, and Mr. DAY’s defence seemed as if he were anxious the world should know he had yet the powers of love and constancy within his breast. Fined fifty dollars for harbouring, and one for employing MARY WALTON on his business, on the premises. No costs.


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