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Van-Berghen washed the blood of the deceased from the floor of the room. The cloaths which had been stripped from the deceased were put up in a hamper, and committed to the care of Dromelius, who took a boat, and carried them over to Rotherhithe, where he employed the waterman to carry the hamper to lodgings which he had taken, and in which he proposed to remain until he could find a favourable opportunity of embarking for Holland.

The next morning at low water, the body of a gentleman was found, and several of the neighbours went to take a view of it, and endeavoured to try if they could trace any blood to the place where the murder might have been commitçed; but not succeeding in this, some of them, who were up at a very early hour, recollected that they had seen Van-Berghen and Dromelius coming almost from the spot where the body was found; and remarked that a light had been carried backwards and forwards in Van-Berghen's house.

Upon this the house was searched ; but no dif, covery was made, except that a little blood was found behind the door of a room which appeared to have been lately mopped. Enquiry was made after Dromelius; but Van-Berghen and his wife would give no other account than that he had left their service; on which they were taken into cusdody, with the servant-maid, who was the principal evidence against them. At this juncture the waterman who had carried Dromelius to Rotherhithe, and who knew him very well, appeared and was likewise taken into costody.

On the trial all the circumstances above men. tioned appeared so striking to the jury, that they did not hesitate to find the prisoners guilty, and

accordingly accordingly they received sentence of death. The prisoners were tried by a jury of half Englishmen and half foreigners ; a generous and candid mode of proceeding peculiar to the criminal courts of

this country.

Dromelius after condemnation, and a short time before the day of execution, assured the ordinary of Newgate that the murder was committed by himself, and was preceded and followed by these circumstances : That Mr. Norris being very much in liquor, and desirous of going to his inn, Mr. Van-Berghen directed him to attend him thither ; that soon after they left the house, Norris went into a broken building to ease himself; where using opprobious language to Dromelius, and attempting to draw his sword, he wrested it from his hand, and stabbed him with it in several places ; that this being done, Norris groaned very much; and Dromelius hearing a watchman coming, and fearing a discovery, drew a knife, cut his throat, and thereby put an end to his life. In answer to this it was said, that the story was altogether improbable ; for if Mr. Norris had been killed in the manner above mentioned, some blood would have been found on the spot, and there would have been holes in his cloaths from the ftabbing ; neither of which was the case. Still, however, Dromelius persisted in his declaration, with a view to save the life of his mistress, with phom he was thought to have had a criminal conection; and indeed he confessed that he had been bfamiliar with this woman. Mr. and Mrs. Van-Berghen were attended at

place of execution by some divines of their 01 country, as well as English clergymen; andesired the prayers of thein all. Mr. VanBehen, unable to speak intelligibly in English,


conversed in Latin ; a circumstance from which it may be inferred that he had been educated in a stile superior to the rank of life which he had lately held. He said that the murder was not committed in his house, and that he knew no more of it, than that Dromelius came to him, while he lay in bed, informed him that he had wounded the gentleman, and begged him to aid his escape ; but that when he knew Mr. Norris was murdered, he offered money to some persons to pursue the murderer ; but this circumstance, which might have been favourable to him, was not proved on his trial.

Mrs. Van-Berghen alfo folemnly declared that The knew nothing of the murder till after it was perpetrated, which was not in their house; that Dromelius coming into the chamber, and saying he had murdered the gentleman, the went for the hamper to hold the bloody cloaths, and affifted Dromelius in his escape, a circumstance which would not be deemed criminal in her country. This was, however, an artful plea : for, in Hol. land, accessaries before or after the fact are accounted as principals.

Dromelius, when at the place of execution, perfifted in his former tale ; but desired the prayers of the surrounding multitude, whom he warned to beware of the indulgence of violent passions, to which he then fell an untimely sacrifice.

These criminals were executed near the Hartf. horn brew-house, East-Smithfield, being the nearef convenient spot to the place where the murde was committed, on the tenth of July, in the ye 1700. The men were hung in chains betwm Bow and Nile-end; but the woman was burier

From the above narrative an important leon may be learnt, particularly by our country rea-rs,


Mr. Norris was a country gentleman; the house kept by Van-Berghen was, at the best, of very doubtfúl fame. Country gentlemen, when called to London on business, should be particularly caurious never to enter such a house. If this unhappy gentleman had gone only where business called him, he might have escaped the fatal catastrophe that befel him, and have long lived to bless his family and friends, and be a credit to his country and felf.

In bringing to light the murder above mentioned, the intervention of Providence is obvious. Every possible care was taken to conceal it, yet blood was found in the room where the murder was committed ; and the thoughtlessness of Dromelius, respecting the waterman, contributed to lead to a "ready discovery of the fact. Nothing is hid from the all-feeing eye of God! Let the righteous justice executed on the malefactors above mentioned impress on the minds of all our readers the force of the sixth commandment. * Thou shalt do no MURDER

Complete Narative of the Life, Trial, and Execution

of JOHN SIMPSON, alias JOHN HOLLIDAY, who was banged at Tyburn for Burglary,


HN SIMSON was not fo much diftinguish

ed by any particular circumstance that attended the crime of which he was convicted, as by the peculiarities of his former life, which are well worthy the perusal of the reader.


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The chief part of this narrative is taken from his own declarations while under fentence of death, and the rest from authentic papers. During a great part of the war in the reign of king William he was a soldier in Flanders, where he used to take frequent opportunities of robbing the tents of the officers, and once when the army lay before Mons, and his majesty commanded in perfon, Simpson happened to be one of those who were selected to guard the royal tent.

On an evening when the king, accompanied by the earl (afterwards duke) of Marlborough. and lord Cutts, went out to take a view of the situation of the army, Simpson, with a degree of impudence peculiar to himself, went into his majesty's tent, and ftole about a thousand pounds. It was some days before this money was miffed, and when the robbery was discovered Simpson escaped all suspicion. He said he had committed more robberies than he could possibly recollect, having been a highwayman as well as a house-breaker.

He committed numerous robberies in Flanders, as well as in England, and he affirmed that the gates of the city of Ghent had been twice shut up within a fortnight to prevent his escape, and that when he was taken his arms, legs, back, and neck were feeured with irons ; in which condicion he was carried through the streets, that he might be seen by the crowd.

Simpson, and two of his companions, used frequently to stop and rob the Roman Catholics at five o'clock in the morning, as they were going to mass; he repeatedly broke into the churches of Brussels, Mechlin and Antwerp, and stole the filver plate from the altar.


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