Mary Squires the Gypsy, who was Condemned for Stripping Eliza. Canning, at Endfield Wash;and has since obtain'd his Majesty's most Gracious Pardon.
Etching. 205 x 160mm.
An 18-year-old London maidservant called Elizabeth Canning claimed to have been kidnapped on New Year's Day and held for a month, in a brothel in Enfield. She accused `Mother Wells', the madam of the establishment, of trying to force her to become a prostitute. A hideous gypsy crone staying in the house, Mary Squires, cut off the girl's stays (worth 10 shillings), and Elizabeth was imprisoned in an attic with only a few crusts of bread and a jug of water to live on. On January 29th she escaped through a window and walked all the way back to her mother's house in the City. Squires and Wells were apprehended, and tried at the Old Bailey; the former was condemned to be hanged, and the latter was burned in the hand and imprisoned. However opinion turned against Canning and new evidence led her to be charged with perjury and transported for seven years.
State ii/iii; W88; D213.
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