Evidence Type: Newspaper Report
17 March 1834
FRIDAY.—MARY WADE, with her ringlets hung secundem artem round her forehead, and a smile on her lips, was put to the bar, to show cause why she had neglected work, and giving a little too much lip to her mistress. It appeared that MARY declined every kind of work, as she asserted from principle, she was not brought up to it, and therefore could not nor would not do it; some people she thought might do it as well as some people, and if they did not like it, why it might be left undone, for what she cared.
Bench.—Well, Madam, what have you to say to this charge?
MARY.—That I did refuse work ’tis most true; that I was insolent ’tis most false. (here she sobbed.) If you Worrysheeps only knew the life I led, you would make every allowance for my not working. Yes, indeed, you would.
The Bench, as is very frequently the case upon these points, differed with the fair pleader, whom they ordered to be duly invoiced and forwarded to Mrs. GORDON’s lodge, as a bad bargain, and there to be kept for twenty-eight days. MARY, on hearing this, clung to the bar, and began vociferating loudly, it was found necessary to employ three charleys to remove her.
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