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sepeating the dull formal repetitions used on trials, we have thrown the whole into the form of a narrative; and at the end of each life, deduced such practical inferences, as cannot fail to make a lasting impresion on the mind of our readers. Every difficult term is likewise explained, without interrupting the narrative; and as great pains have been taken to make this Work acceptable to the Public, the Author doubts not but he shall receive their warmest approbation.
This entire new Work is therefore offered not only as an object of curiosity and entertainment, but as a Publication of real and fubftantial use, to guard the mind (by striking reflections on the conduct of those unhappy Wretches who have fallen facrifices to the injured laws of their country) from the allurements of Vice, and the paths that lead to destruction.
The Copper-plates to this Work will be designed and engraved by the most celebrated artists, and finished in such a taste, as to convey the most striking idea of the manner in which the various crimes have been perpetrated. " It is extremely natural to wish for the approbation of the Public ; but, however, anxious we may be for that, yet we desire it no further than the merits of this performance shall intitle us.
Conscious that nothing has been neglected by the authors, they doubt not but those of discernment and sensibility, will give it the preference to all the books on the fame subject ever yet offered to the public, for whose benefit it was undertaken ; and parents and guardians will find it one of the most useful books to be put into the hands of the rising generation, before their tender minds have been led aftray from the practice of virtue.
It will also become extremely useful for families, and be a fund of entertainment, as well as instruction for those who have a few leisure hours to spend in the evening, or such as go on long voyages to fea. Those who live in the country, and at a diftance from large towns, will find it very useful, as a work of entertainment; and although the greatest number of crimes are generally committed near the metropolis, yet the reader will see that we have given the lives of the most notorious offenders, throughout every part of England, Wales and Scotland, with as many in Ireland, as we could procure authentic accounts of, so that the work is calculated for the use and advantage of all our fellow subjects.
The following COPPER-PLATES, (among many others) are already engrav
ed for this Work. Repr:sentation of an execution Street, and Prifoners under Examinopposite the New Gaol of Newgate. ation.
The Recorder making his Report Representations of the Skeleton's of Prisoners under Sen:ence of Deaih in Surgeons Hall in the Old Bailey. to :he King
Striking Display of the Mode of Reprelentation of A new Plan hanging Pirates at Execution Dock. of Prisoners under Sentence of Death View of the Machine called the to the King
Maiden, formerly used at Edinburgh; An Execution at Kennington Com- an instrument similar to the French
Guillocine. View of the County Gapl Borough John Smith cut down at Tyburn, Ditto of Kingston Aslize House. in Confequence of a R prieve whicle
View of the New House of Cor- came five Minutes after he had been rection Cold Bath Fields.
turned off. View of the Cells Prefs Yard, &c.
The Manner of whipping Delinin Newgate.
quents at the New whipping Post, iu Also the New Compter Giltspur- the Sessions House Yard, Old Baiey. ftreet, &c. &c.
Beautiful Prospect of the New Representation of A new Plan pro- Sellions House. posed to the Legislature for the punish- Ditto of the New Gaol of Newment of Highwaymen
gate, An excellent View of the sustitia The Bell-man of St. Sepulchre's Hulk, and the Convicts at Work,
speaking the admonitory Words to near Waalwich.
the Malefactors going to Execution. ! An exact View of the new Prison The Punishment of Pressure, for Clerkenwell.
merly inflicted on those who refused Ditto of Tothill-fields Bridewe!l,
pleading to Indictments. Westminster.
View of Houslow Heath, with the The Convicts taking Water pre- Gibbets and men hanging in Chains. vious to their transportation to Botany The Manner of Branding or Burns, Bay.
ing in the Hand, as now practised at A Criminal (condemned for High the Old Bailey Trefon) drawn on a Sledge to Ty- The Body of a Murderer exposed burn.
in the Theatre of Surgeon's Hall. The prisoners stopping in St. John's Jack Ketch arrested, and taken Lane, at the Baptist-head Public into Custody, when attending a MaHouse, on the Day of Removal from lefactor to Execution. the New Prison to Newgate.
·Manner of executing Women, View of the Public Office in Bow- convicted of petit-Treason.
IN ALL ITS BRANCHES.
FROM THE YEAR 1700 TO THE PRESENT TIME,
Embellished with a Set of Entire New Copper Platesa
REMARKS PRELIMINARY. T being the profeffed intention of the Com
piler of this Work to exert his utmost endeavours to unite entertainment and improvement,
he thinks it absolutely necessary to apprize the reader that he does not mean to swell his volumes wich recitals of accounts of trials, convictions, &c. that have nothing interesting to recommend them : on the contrary, it is his intention to insert in this New Collection such narratives only as become valuable from the fingular circumstances with which they were attended ; and not a single event of this nature, since the commencement of the present century, shall remain unrecorded.
It being required by the laws of our country, " that the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but " the truth," should be cold, the occasional deviations, therefore, in respect to the brevity of the language, must, in some instances, be excusable. It is to be remembered that the expreffions are not the Compilers; and seeing that it behoves VOL. I. No. I.
reporters as much as witnesses to adhere to the truth; the repetition of them is therefore unavoidable. In like manner the Compiler may be obliged (unwilling as he is) to give the cant phrases of thieves ; for in many instances, if the witnesses' depositions be not faithfully recorded, the narrative may be so imperfect, as to be scarcely intelligible. The utility of being so exact is the best apology for reviving any valgar expressions, for thereby the honest and unwary are put upon their guard, and apprized of all the fecret craft of those low-lived sons of depredation; while youth is likewise forewarned of those destructive purfuits, the end of which is in general fatal and ignominious !
The Compiler of this New work returns his fincerest thanks to those gentlemen who have communicated either printed or manufcript trials and narratives, which rnay tend to the perfection of his plan; and he affures his worthy contributors that their favours have not been conferred on one ungrateful. Every prudent ufe shall be made of their communications, it being presumed that the public will reap an advantage, from what was intended as a private compliment.
Circumstantial Account of the Trials, Declarations, and
Executions of MICHAEL VAN BERGHEN,
THE wretched subjects of this narrative
were natives of Holland, but having settled in England, Michael Van Berghen and his
wife kept a public-house near East-Smithfield, and Dromelius acted as their fervant,
One Norris, a country gentleman, who lodged at an inn near Aldgate, went into the house of Van-Berghen, about eight o'clock in the evening, and continued to drink there till about eleven. Finding himself rather intoxicated, he defired the maid-fervant to call a coach to carry him home. As she was going to do so, her mistress whispered her; and bid her return in a little time, and say that a coaeh was not to be procured. These directions being observed, Norris, on the maid's return, resolved to go without a coach, and accordingly took his leave of the family; but he had not gone far before he discovered that he had been robbed of a purse containing a sum of money : whereupon he returned, and charged Van-Berghen and his wife with having been guilty of the robbery. This they positively denied, and threatened to turn him out of the house, but he refused to go, and resolutely went into a room where the cloth was laid for fupper.
At this time Dromelius entered the room, and treating Mr. Norris in a very cavalier manner; the latcer resented the infult, till a perfect quarrel ensued. At this juncture Van-Berghen seized a poker, with which he fractured Mr. Norris's skull, and in the mean time Dromelius ftabbed him in different parts of the body; Mrs. Van-Berghen being present during the perpetration of the horrid act.
When Mr. Norris was dead, they stripped him of his coat, waistcoat, hat, wig, &c. and then Van-Berghen and Dromelius carried the body, and threw it into a ditch which communicated with the Thames : and in the mean time Mrs.