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After Mr. Hamilton received sentence of death, his, friends made great interest to procure a pardon ;- bue their endeavours proving işeffectual, he suffered death, by the mode abovementioned, on the 30th of June, 1716.
At the place of execution he owned that he had killed Arkle, but presumed-to think he was jufcified on the principle of self-defence.
Mr. Hamilton's case will teach us to reflect on the fad consequences of keeping bad company, and an attachment to gaming. But for these vices, he might have lived happy in himself, and a credit to the worthy family, from which he was descended. The youth who will devore those hours to the gaming-table, which he ought to employ in the honest advancement of his fortune, can expect only to be reduced to beggary at the best : but in a thousand instances, as well as the present, the consequences have been much more fatal.
Hence let young gentleman learn to shun thé gaming-table as they would a pestilence; to proceed in the plain path of honour and integrity, and to know that there can be no true happiness in a departure from the line of virtue !
Account of the Life of JAMES GOODMAN,
who was hanged at Tyburn for Horse-Stealing.
HIS offender, who was about thirty-two
years of age at the time of his unhappy exit, was a native of. Little Harwood, in. Buckinghamshire, and served his time to a carpenter at Ayleibury. After he was out of his time, he and cwo other young men agreed to have a veni
son pasty, and make merry; in consequence of which they stole a deer ; but being taken into custody, one of them turned evidence, whereupon Goodman and the other were imprisoned a year in Aylesbury gaol.
After his enlargement he married and entered into buliness, which he carried on with success for about nine yars; but becoming fond of idle company, he was soon so reduced in circumstances that he brought himself and family to ruin.
Coming to London, he got into company with one Stephens, with whom he agreed to commit robberies on the highway. Pursuant to this plan they stopped Philip White, between Stratford and Ilford in Efex, and robbed him of his horse, one shilling, and his spurs.
Four days after this robbery Mr. White faw Goodman on his horse at Bow, in the company of Stephens, who was likewise on horseback. Hereupon Mr. White sent his servant to demand the horse ; on which the robbers galloped off, but were immediately pursued by Mr. White and his man. Finding themselves hard pressed, they quicted their horfes, and ran into the field : on which Mr. White gave his servant a gun, and bid him follow them. He did fo: on which one of them fired twice, and said, “don it, we'll kill or be “ killed; we won't be taken alive: our lives are “ as good as theirs.” On this Mr. White's fervant fired his gun, which was loaded with pebble ftones ; and striking Goodman on the head, he was so stunned that he was easily taken; and some other persons now coming up, one of them drew a hanger and pursued Stephens, who submitting after a fhort resistance, both the prisoners were conveyed to Newgate. VOL. I. No. 71
· Stephens having been admitted an evidence against Goodman, the latter was brought to his trial, when he endeavoured to prove that he was in another place when the robbery was committed, and that he had purchased Mr. White's horse: but the jury found him guilty, as they did not believe the testimony of his witnesses.
After conviction he was put into the bail-dock, in order to receive fentence : b&t the night being dark, and being affifted by some other prisoners, he got over the spikes, and, though he was loaded with irons, effected his escape,
But it was not long before he was re-taken, . owing to a very singular circumstance. While in custody, he delivered some money to a carrier to take into the country to a woman with whom he had cohabited ; but the carrier, considering his situation, hept the money for his own use.
Wherefore, about a month after his escape, Goodman went to an alehoufe in Holborn, and sent for a lawyer, to concert with him how to recover the money of the carrier: but some perfons in the house happening to know him, went to Newgate, and informed the keepers where he was ; on which he was taken into custody, after a desperate resistance ; and at the end of the next sessions at the Old Bailey, he received sentence of death.
While he lay in this deplorable situation he . acknowledged his guilt, confessed he had committed many robberies, lamented the iniquities of his past life, and wished he could make reparation to those whom he had injured. He was executed at Tyburn on the 12th of March, 1916.
The fate of this malefoctor will afford an useful lesson to persons somewhat advanced in life. After having been nine years in a successful bufi
ness, the keeping of bad company induced him to bis ruin. Hence we may learn the folly of departing from the fober comforts of domestic felicity, to keep company with drunkards, and riot in debauchery. The circumstance of Goodman's being seen at Bow, on the very horse he had stolen but a few days before, on the same road, shews the folly that, almoft in every instance, attends thieves. They are generally detected by some omiffion or carelessness of their own, which even a child would blush to be guilty of : but the fact is, that villany is frequently off its guard, and the eye of Providence is ever watchful to bring the guilty to juftice.
This doctrine cannot be fet in a clearer light, than by Goodman's going to advise with a law. yer how to recover the money of the carrier; 1100 reflecting that he himself was a dead man, in the eye of the law, at the very time of making this application, which led so soon to his own destruc. tion. Hence we see the emphatical force of that text of scripture, “ The wicked is taken in his "! own snare.”
Narrative of the Case of JOSEPH STILL, who
was hanged at Stamford-bill, for Murder,
HIS .man came to London in search of a himself by selling poultry in the streets; but growing weary of that employment, he enlisted into the army, in which he continued nine years ; but having obtained his discharge, he became acquainted with a set of thieves who committed depredations in the neighbourhood of London; and Ffa
being apprehended, he was tried at the Old Baie ley, and whipped.
Soon after he obtained his liberty, he returned to his former way of life ; and beingtaken into custody in Hertfordshire, he was cried, convicted, and punished by burning in the hand. After this he began the practice of robbing higlers on the highway, and he obtained the appellation of Chicken Joe, from his singular dexterity in that employment.
After continuing in this way of life a confiderable time, he commenced footpad, and committed a great number of robberies on the roads near town, escaping detection for a long while, on account of his wearing a mask over his face.
At length almost all his companions were hanged. and he was reduced to such distress that he went once inore on the road, to supply himself with the means of procuring the neceffaries of life, Having drank at an alehouse in Kingland-road till his spirits were fomewhat elevated, he proceeded to Stoke-Newington, and after fauntering a while in the fields, without ineering with any person whom he durft venture to attack, he went into Queen Elizabeth's walk; behind the church, where he saw a gentleman's servant, whose money he demanded. The feryant being determined not to be robbed, contested the matter with Still, and a battle enfuing, the 'villain drew a knife, and stabbed the footman through the body, - He immediytely ran away: but some people coming by while the footman was fenfible enough to tell them what had happened, Still was pursued, taken, and brought to the spot where the other was expiring; and being searched, the bloody knife with which he had committed the deed was found in his pocket. The man died,