Evidence Type: Newspaper Report
20 January 1844
MARGARET FAUCET, assigned to Mr. RANDALL, was charged by Inspector FOX with being absent without leave, having found her in Grose-street, in company with a blacksmith belonging to the stockade, on the previous afternoon, when in pursuit of other feminine absentees in the Domain. MARGARET made a long pathetic appeal to the bench, stating, that after she had washed sixteen dozen of clothes, and scoured, cleansed, and ranged in apple-pie order, all the culinary and other necessary utensils in the house, her mistress gave her leave to go to see her children in the Factory: that she went and bought some oranges for her children, and had them conveyed into the Factory by order of the Police Magistrate himself, (to whom she appealed for confirmation of that part of her story,) whom she met on the road; and that in consideration of these premises, she implored his worship to forgive her. Mr. RANDALL, being present, stated, that from the moment she entered his service she exhibited evident signs of dissatisfaction therewith, and he could get her to do nothing but what she pleased, and moreover that she was pleased to do nothing. He requested that she might be returned to the service of Government, as she was no service to him. The bench, however, could not withdraw her without some specific charge being proved against her, and as it appeared, upon this occasion, that her mistress had given her leave for half an hour to go out to buy cap-strings, she was discharged with an admonition.
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