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Short account of John HARTLEY and THOMAS

REEVES, who wete hanged for a robbery.


HESE offenders were tried for stopping a

journeyman taylor in the fields near Hoxton, and robbing him of two-pence and his cloaths; and because he had no more money, they beat him most inhumanly, stript him, and bound him to a tree.

While he was in this wretched situation some persons coming by unbound him, and took him to an alehouse, where he told the particulars of the robbery, mentioned the colour of his cloachs, and described the persons of the robbers to the best of his power.

These circumstances were heard by a fiddler, who going next day into a public-house in Forestreet, saw the fellows offering to sell the taylor's coat. The fiddler immediately proposed to be the purchaser, gave earnest for it, and pretending he had not money enough, said he would fetch the difference ; instead of which he brought the party robbed, who knowing the footpads, they were taken into custody.

The evidence on their trial was so plain, that the jury could not hesitate to find them guilty, in consequence of which they received sentence of death.

After conviction their behaviour was unbecoming persons in their unhappy circumstances. That of Reeves was particularly hardened; he would sing and swear while the other convicts were at prayers, yet he told the ordinary that he was certain of going to heaven. Vol. I, No. 8.



The most curious circumstance arising from the detection of these offenders, was the fingular method that Hartley took to save his life. He procured six young women, dressed in white, to, go to St. Janies's and present a petition in his behalf. The fingularity of their appearance gained them admission, when they delivered their petition, and told the king, that if he extended the royal mercy to the offender, they would cast lots which should be his wife; but his majesty said that he was more deserving of the gallows than a wife, and accordingly refused their request.

As they were going to execution, the ordinary

asked Reeves if his wife had been concerned with him in any robberies ;. “No, (said he) fht " is a worthy woman, whose first husband hap

pening to be hanged, I married her, that she

might not reproach me by a repetition of his 66 virtues.'

At the fatal tree Reeves behaved in the moft hardened manner, affected to despise death, and faid he believed he might go to heaven from the gallows as safely as from his bed,

These offenders suffered at Tyburn, on the 4th of May, 1722

We fee, in the instance of these malefactors, from what a casual circumstance their detection arofe. A man hears a deseription of them in public-house ; the next day he went accidentally into another alehouse, where he saw them offering the stolen goods for sale; and, by an honeft deception, procured their being taken into custody. The poor fiddler had no interest in their detection but what arose from his abhorrence of vice ; yet he was so regardful of what he had heard, that he became the immediate instrument of bringing them to justice.



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Hence let us learn to admire the infcrutable mysteries of the providence of God, which, as they surpass our finite comprehension, should excite our wonder and our gratitude. Nothing can be hid from the all-seeing eye of heaven; and the man that commits a crime with the hope of concealing it, does but treasure up a fund of uneasiness for his own mind: for even if the crime should be concealed from the public, he will be perpetually harrassed with the corroding stings of a guilty conscience, and at all times carry with him a hell in his own bosom!

Narrative of the remarkable Actions of JOHN

Hawkins, and GEORGE SIMPSON, who were executed for robbing the Bristol Mail, and hung in Chains.

S the crime for which these malefactors

A futtered is cery pernicious in its own nature,

and their other transactions made a great noise in the world at the time they took place, we propose to give a particular account of them.

JOHN HAWKINS was the son of a poor farmer at Staines, who not being able to afford to educate him properly, he went into the service of a gentleman, which he foon quitted, and lived as a waiter at the Red Lion at Brentford; but leaving this place, he again engaged as a gentleman's servant.

After living in different families, he became butler to Sir Dennis Dutry, and was distinguished as a servant of very creditable appearance. Indeed his person was uncommonly graceful, and he was remarkably vain of it. : He used to freNn 2


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