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ence, and when he returned, acquainted his mafter that all his enquiries respecting it had been ineffectual.
However, a discovery of the party who has been guilty of the robbery was made in the following fingular manner. The jeweller who had bought the ring frequented the same coffee-house with the gentleman who had lost it, and was intimately acquainted with him, though he knew nothing of Griffiths. Now the jeweller, having carefully examined the ring after he had bought it, and therefore concluded that it had been obtained in an illegal manner. Being a man who was much above the idea of having his integrity suspected, he related the particulars of his purchase at the coffee-house, which the person who had lost the ring hearing, desired to have a fight of it; and on the first inspection, knew it to be that which he had loft.
The person of Griffiths was now fo exactly described by the jeweller, that there could be little doubt but that he was the thief; wherefore he was desired to go to the chambers with a constable, and take him into custody, if he appeared to be the man who had fold the ring. As this was really the case, he was carried before a justice of the peace, and accused of the crime, which he immediately confessed, and likewise that he had robbed his master of money, in the manner we have already related.
Griffiths in consequence hereof was committed to Newgate, and being arraigned at the next fefsions at the Old Bailey, he pleaded guilty to the indictment, and sentence of death was passed on him accordingly. As in his situation it was natural to suppofe D 2
that he would attempt to correspond with the young lady to whom he had aspired as a wife, a proper person was employed by her father ta intercept her lecters: a service that was performed with such care, that, not one reached her hands, though a considerable number were written.
When Mr. Griffiths found that he had nothing to hope from the intervention of the royal mercy, and consequently that all the views with which he had flattered himself in wedlock were vanished, he began seriously to prepare himself for that state in which persons " neither marry, nor are given in marriage.” He very justly attributed his miffortunes to the associating with persons who were his superiors in point of circumstances, and the making an appearance which he was unable to support, in order to secure the object of his wishes.
Many lessons of useful instruction may be learnt from the preceding melancholy narrative. Among the number of our young gentlemen who are sent to the inns of court, some are of considerable fortune ; while others have very fcanty ftipends ; for it is the ambition of too many parents to place their children in stations in which they cannot support them with the requilite degree of credit till they are enabled to provide for themselves; and it is possible that this may be the source of many calamities. The wish to provide in a proper manner for our children, is as laudable as it is natural : but many a youth owes his ruin to his being placed in a situation above his reasonable views or expectations,
When it happens that a young gentleman, whose circumstances are rather contracted, is sent to one of our inns of court; instead of frequent
ing play-houses and taverns with those of more li.
In respect to the unhappy subject of this narra-
Mr. Griffiths was executed at Tyburn, on the first of August, 1700.
Reflecting on his fate severe,
We own that love has borne its part ;
From every tender, feeling heart.
Particulars of the Life, Atheism, and remarkable Ex
ecution of "ibe Rev. THOMAS HUNTER, in
HIS atrocious offender was born in the
county of Fife, and was the son of a rich farmer, who sent him to the University of St.