Police Report of SARAH VICKERS, 8 April 1829

LOVES OF THE NIGGERS

G. PICKERING, an assigned servant to widow MARSHALL, in the Brickfields, was charged by his mistress with robbing her. It appeared, that on some suspicion arising in her mind, the complainant traced the prisoner to the house of a Mistress SARAH VICKERS, an elderly matron, but with very youthful propensities, and in whose seducing company complainant’s servant, a smart young man, spent more time than his duty to his mistress would warrant. Going abruptly into the house, the complainant found her said servant at work for himself with a card, the property of his mistress, who is a manufacturer of Colonial cloth and blanketing. On looking round, she also espied a piece of woollen cloth, about three yards, which she recognized to be hers and to have been cut off the piece in her factory. At that moment in came Mrs. VICKERS, who attempted to wrest the piece from complainant by force, and abused her [illegible]; complainant cried out “murder,” and a constable came in to her relief. The consequence was, that GEORGE PICKERING, who was brought up in custody, and Mistress SARAH VICKERS, who had been sent for, were placed at the bar cheek by jowl. The facts being proved, and Mrs MARSHALL swearing that she had not given the cloth to the male prisoner, as he asserted she had.

The Bench has sentenced GEORGE PICKERING to a road gang for six months, and SARAH VICKERS, who is also an assigned servant to some female of her acquaintance pro forma, to the third class in the Factory for six weeks, notwithstanding that both GEORGE and SARAH pleaded hard to be spared, alledging [sic] that they had got a Memorial all ready, signed and sanctioned, to be married by him who oft

“doth tie men / In the chosen bonds of hymen.”

See Original: “POLICE INCIDENTS,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW: 1824 – 1848) Wednesday 8 April 1829, p.3