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A BOLD STROKE FOR AN HEIRESS.

A LADY FORGER.

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A LADY FORGER. On Thursday, at the Warwick Assizes, before Mr Justice Biackburn, Hannah Maria Wedgewood, the wife of Mr. William Robert Wedgewood, of Greyshot- hall, Hampshire, was indicted for forging and uttering a promissory note for Xl,000, at Birming- ham, on the 16th of May last. Mr. Kennedy prosecuted; Serjeant O'Brien defended. The case for the prosecution was, that in 1861 the prisoner commenced negotiating loans with a Mr. Williams, solicitor, of Birmingham, after representing that a lady named Jones had made a will bequeathing her xiolooo. In April, 1864, these loans amounted to the large sum of All,650, the repayment of which 'T IF request of the prisoner, until 1865. In May, 1864, she negotiated by correspondence, through Mr. Williams, a further ^1.000, which was advanced by Mr. Holdsworthy, of Birmingham, at sixteen per cent, interest, For this loan a promissory note was given as security, endorsed by Miss Jones, Westfield-hall, bpilsby, and other highly respectable persons. The ^hole_of the transactions with Mr. Williams were eon- ducted by the prisoner by correspondence, and ia all cases she represented she was acting on behalf of some one else-sometimes for Miss Jones, at others for her sister, and sometimes for other persons. The defence was that the prisoner had acted as the agent and under the direction of her husband. The jury found the prisoner guilty, and, in reply to the learned judge, Mr. Williams said that the total amount the prisoner had obtained by forgery was 12,OOO. She was sentenced to seven years' penal servitude.

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