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by signs, and in that manner described what had happened to her. She died, after having languished four days.

The prisoner, on his trial, denied being guilty of the fact ; and said, that as he was crossing Moorfields, he found something lying in his way; that he kicked at it; bu discovering that it was a woman, he lifted her up, but she could not stand on her legs; and he said that he was taken into custody while he was thus employed. This defence, however, could hot be credited, from what come former evidences had sworn ; and the jury did not hesitate to find him guilty.

After fentence of death was passed on him, he abandoned himself to the drinking of spiritous liquors,* to such a degree as rendered him totally incapable of all the exercises of devotion. He obstinately denied the fact till the day of his execution, when he confeffed that he had been guilty of it; but said that the crime was perpetrated when he was in a state of intoxication. He was executed in Bunhill-fields, on the 31st of May, 1718, and in his last moments, begged the prayers of the multitude, and hoped they would take warning by his-untimely end. He was afterwards hung in chains near Holloway.

This offender was born in the parish of St. Martin in the Fields, and while he was very young his father was blown up at the demolishing of Tangier. His mother being left in circumstances of distress, was not able to give him a proper education ; but she put him apprentice to a dealer in rags. Having served about two years, his master

died, * Since the fate of this man, we have had a law to prevent the carrying fpiritous liquors into prisons.


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JACK KETCH ARRESTED and taken into Custody,when allerding

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died, and he foon afterwards ran away from his mistress, and got employment in loading waggons with rags for other dealers. After this he went to sea, and served on board several ships in the royal navy for the space of about eighteen years ; but at length he was paid off, and discharged from the service.

The place of public executioner becoming vacant by death, he accepted of it, and might have continued in it but for his own extravagance; for spending more money than his income, he ran in debt; and one day, as he was returning from an execution at Tyburn, he was arrested in Holborn for a trifling sum. However, he discharged this debt, and the cost, partly with a small sum of money he had in his pocket, and partly by the produce of three suits of cloaths, which he had taken from the bodies of poor wretches who had been that day executed.

Soon after this two other writs were taken out against him, when having no money, nor being able to procure bail, he was obliged to go to the Marshalsea Prison, where he continued till after the following sessions at the Old Bailey, when William Marvel was appointed executioner in his stead. Having continued some time longer in the Marshalsea, he and a fellow-prisoner broke a hole in the wall, through which they made their escape: and foon after this, Price committed the horrid murder for which his life paid the forfeit.

One would imagine that the dreadful scenes of calamity to which this man had been witness, if they had not taught him humanity, would at least have given him wisdom enough not to have perpetrated a crime that must necessarily bring him to Vol. I, No.7.


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a similarly fatal end to what he had so of : n seen of others : but perhaps his profession tended rather to harden his mind otherwise.

The murder of which Price was guilty appears to have been one of the most barbarous and unprovoked we ever remember to have read of: and his pretence that he was drunk when he perpetrated it, was no fort of excufe; since drunkenness itself is a crime, and one which frequently leads to the commission of others.

The leffon to be learnt from the fate of this man is to moderate our passions of every kind; and to live by the rules of temperance and fobriety. We are told, from the best authority, that “ hands « that shed innocent blood are an abomination to «the Lord.”

Narrative of the Case of Mr. EDWARD BIRD, who

was executed for Murder.


R. BIRD was born at Windsor in Berkshire,

and defcended of respectable parents, who having first sent him to Westminster School, then removed him to Eaton College. When he had finished his studies he was sent to make the tour of France and Italy, and on his return to England, was honoured with the commisfion of a lieutenant in a regiment of horse.

Before he had been long in the army he began to associate with abandoned company of both sexes, which finally led to the commission of the crime which cost him his life.

On the roth of January, 1719, he was indicted at the Old Bailey for the murder of Samuel Loxton. It appeared on his trial, that he had


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