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While he was engaged in his mother's busin ss, and planning schemes for domestic happiness, he was sent for to a public-house, where he found his old acquaintance, Hawkins, in company with George Simpson, of whom we shall have occasion to relate more in the course of this narrative.

Wilson was shocked at seeing them, and asked what could induce them to take such a journey. Hereupon Hawkins swore violently, said Wilson was impeached, and would be taken into custody in a few days. This induced him to go to London with them; but on his arrival he found that the story of the impeachment was false.

When in London they formed connections with other thieves, and cominitted several robberies, for which some of the gang were executed. They frequented a public-house at London-Wall, the master of which kept a livery stable, so that they rode out at all hours, and robbed the stages, as they were coming into town. They took not only money, but portmanteaus, &c. and divided the booty with Carter, the master of the livery stable.

In this practice they continued a considerable time, till they were apprehended for robbing the mail, which we shall have occasion to mention in the fequel.

GEORGE SIMPSON was a native of Putney in Surry. His father was a wine-merchant, but bein ing reduced in circumstances, removed into Lincolnshire. Young Simpson kept a public-house at Lincoln, and acted as a sheriff's officer; but quitting the country, he came to London, and was butler' to Lord Castlemain ; after which he lived in several other creditable places.

He now became acquainted with Hawkins, in company with whom he stopped the carriage of Richard Well, Esq. behind Buckingham house,


from whom they took a gold watch, and other valuable articles.

Soon after this he robbed the Portsmouth coach, in company with Wilson, when one of the company tired at them. Thus they continued their depredations on the public, till one of their associates, named Child, was executed at Aylesbury, and hung in chains, for robbing the mail. This incensed them to such a degree, that they determined to revenge the supposed insult by committing a similar crime.

They mentioned their design in the presence of Carter, the stable keeper, who advised them to stop the mail from Harwich; but this they declined, because the changing of the wind must render the time of its arrival uncertain. At length it was determined that they would rob the Bristol mail; and they set out on an expedition for that purpose.

It appeared on the trial that the boy who carried the mail was overtaken at Slough, by a countryman, who travelled with him to LangleyBroom, where a person rode up to them and turned back again. When passing through Colnbrook they saw the same inan again, with two others, who followed them at a small distance, and then pulling their wiggs over their foreheads, and holding handkerchiefs in their mouths, came up with them, and commanded the post-boy and the countryman to come down a lane, where they ordered them to quit their horses, and then Hawkins, Simpson and Wilson tied them back to back, and fastened them to a tree in a wet ditch, so that they were obliged to stand in the water. This being done, they took such papers as they liked out of the Bath and Bristol bags, and hid the rest in a hedge.

They They now crossed the Thames, and riding a little way into Surry, put up their horses at an inn in Bermondsey-street. It was now about fix in the morning, when they parted, and went different ways to a public-house in the Minories, where they proposed to divide their ill-gotten treasure.

The landlord being acquainted with the persons, and knowing the profession of his guests, Thewed them a private room, and supplied them with pen and ink. Having equally divided the bank notes, they threw the letters in the fire, and then went to their lodgings in Green-Arbour-Court in the OldBailey.

A few days after this transaction they were taken into custody, in the following manner. Information having been given at the Post Office, that suspicious people frequented the house of Carter, the stable-keeper at London-Wall, some persons were sent thither to make the necessary discoveries. Wilson happening to be there at the time, suspected their business, on which he abruptly retired, flipped through some bye allies, and got into the Moorgate coffee-house, which he had occasionally used for two years before, on account of its being frequented by reputable company, and therefore less liable to be fearched for suspicious people.

He had not been long in the house before a quaker mentioned the search that was making in the neighbourhood, for the men who robbed the mail. This shocked him so that he instantly paid his reckoning, and going out at the back door, went into Bedlam, where the melancholy sight of the objects around him, induced him to draw a comparison between their fitration and his own; Vol. I. No. 8.


. and he concluded that he was far more unhappy through the weight of his guilt, than those poor wretches whom it had pleased God to deprive of the use of their intellects.

Having reflected that it would not be fafe for him to stay longer in London, he resolved to go to Newcastle by fea, and he was confirmed in this resolution, on reflecting that a person who wished his fafety had informed him that he and his companions were the parties fuspected of having robbed the mail. This friend likewise advised him to go to the Post-Office, surrender, and turn evidence ; hiņting that if he did not, it was probable Simpson would: as he had asked fome questions which seemed to intimate such a design.

Wilson neglected this advice; but held his resolution of going to Newcastle; and with that intention quitted Bedlam ; but by Moorgate coffeehouse he met the men he had seen at Carter's. They turned and followed him: yet, unperceived by then, he entered the coffee-house, while they went under the arch of the gate, and if he had returned by the door he entered, he would have again escaped them; but going out of the foredoor of the house, they took him into custody, and conducted him to the Poft-office.

On his first examination he refused to make any confession: and on the following day, he seemed equally determined to conceal the truth, till two circumstances induced him to reveal it. In the first place the Post Master General promised that he should be admitted an evidence if he would discover his accomplices; and one of the clerks calling him aside, Mewed him a letter, without any name to it, of which the following is a copy :


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