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<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="16781016001"/>The true NARRATIVE Of the Proceedings at the Sessions-house IN The Old-Bayly, For London and Middlesex.
<p>Began on Wednesday the 16th day of October, 1678.</p>
<p>GIVING A faithful Account of the several Tryals for Treasons, Murders, Robberies, Burglaries, and other Crimes there examined.</p>
<p>WITH The Number of persons Condemned to Dye, Burnt in the Hand, Transported or to be Whipt; and every persons particular and respective Offence, for which they are to suffer.</p>
<p>With Allowance.</p>
<p>LONDON: Printed for L. C. 1678.</p>
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<p>FOr satisfaction to the Publick, and more immediately to those persons concern'd, but especially to expose Villany, and deter vitious persons from lewd practices by the fatal examples of those who have pursued such vile courses, is this true Narrative of these criminal proceedings published; which be pleased to take as follows.</p> </div1>
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<p>Another for stealing Clothes and Thirty shillings in money out of York-buildings, on Octob. 20. 1677.</p>
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