An Account of the Behaviour and Confessions of the Condemn'd Criminals that were Executed at Tyburn on Wednesday November the Sixth, 1700.
MR Wykes, the late Ordinary of Newgate Prison, being deceased, I was appointed (during the Vacancy) to attend the Prisoners there, and accordingly on Saturday last, being the second instant, I began to visit them. I then pray'd with them, and exhorted them to Repentance; using to that purpose all the Arguments I could think proper to work them into a just sense of their miserable Estate, &c.
On the Lord's Day I Preach'd to them both in the Fore and Afternoon, and took my Text out of 1 Cor. 15. 24. which was in these Words; Awake to Righteousness, and Sin not. From which I shew'd them, 1st the mischievous Consequences of Sin, 2. The necessity of Repentance, 3. The means of effecting it, and obtaining Pardon of God.
On Monday I attended them again, and continued Exhorting, and Instructing, and Praying with them. And then proceeded to an Exhortation of each of them in particular; adapting at the same time, Admonitions suitable to their respective Cases. Now I thought them to be Penitent, and willing to endeavour after the obtaining that state of Grace, which I had shewed them they must be in, before they were fit to enter into that of everlasting Happiness and Glory. They sighed mightily, and grown'd and shed Tears: But would not confess, but obstinately deny'd their Crimes. They had told me the Day before, namely the last Lord's Day, that Thomas Payne (one of the Condemned Prisoners, and a Papist ) desired to receive some Instructions from me, that very Afternoon, in the Lodge, and now they repeated that Request again to me, who told them that I was very willing to give him the satisfaction and Instruction he desired; and therefore intended immediately to follow them to the Lodge. But by the good Providence of God, which I humbly acknowledge, and am thankful for, staying behind a little longer than I purposedly design'd, and they expected; when I came down, I found they were all in an uproar in the Lodge, where they offer'd violence to the Officers about them, and took some Persons into the Hold, where they kept them all Night. To repress this Mutiny, and make these Prisoners governable, the Officers were forc'd to fire several times upon them. And then it was that one of the Criminals, Michael Brown by Name, was killed with a Bullet.
On the Tuesday I went to speak to them in the Morning, but could not perswade them into a sober sense. In the Afternoon they were now willing to come and meet me in the Chappel; but it was not thought safe they should then be remov'd out of the Hold, least they should again grow Rebellous and troublesom.
On this Day I went to them betimes in the Morning, and had them in the Chappel, I made a short Exhortation to them, and then prayed for them suitably to their Conditions. I was forc'd to be very succint for fear of fresh Disturbance. They were carried down again, and being a little while after put into several Carts, and conducted to Tyburn, I met them at that place of Execution to assist them with my last Admonitions and Prayers: when they were seeing themselves upon the brink of Death, they made more open Confessions than before; which are as followeth,
I. John Slaughter, Condemn'd for Robbing on the High-way. He was Born in Ireland, and Apprentice to a Smith there. He went from his Master, and listed himself a Soldier . He confest he had been a most notorious Offender; That he was much given to Wine and Women; That about a Twelve-month since he killed a Serjeant of the King's Guard on Tower-hill; That he had committed many and grievous Crimes; and now was heartily sorry for them, and particularly for that he stood condemn'd for; begging God's Pardon from his Heart, and desiring the Pardon of all he had injur'd. Now he seem'd to struggle mightily against his corrupt Nature, and to be truly Penitent. He earnestly cry'd to God for Mercy in Jesus Christ.
II. William Spell, A Waterman , Condemn'd for Felony and Burglary, own'd his having been a great Sinner, and justly brought to this condign Punishment. He at last particularly confess'd himself guilty of the Fact for which he was Condemn'd; and prayed that God for Christ's sake would forgive him all his Sins.
IV. Thomas Turner, Condemn'd for Robbing on the High-ways, acknowledged that he had committed many sins, of which he heartily repented, and particularly of that he was to die for. He implored God's boundless Mercy thro' the infinite Merits of Christ.
stice of God towards him. And at last owned in particular, his having committed the Fact that had brought him to this sad and untimely Death.
VI. Thomas Huggins, Condemned for Felony and Robbery. I found this Person to have been well brought up, and to know better things than he practised. He was but a young Man, but had been a great Offender, and much hardned in sin. At last he was (I hope) melted into true Repentance, and confessed he was justly Condemned and Punished.
VII. John Arthur, Condemned for Felony and Burglary. He acknowledged his Sins to have been many and great, and most grievous; and in particular. owned himself guilty of the Robbery for which he was now justly to suffer. He prayed God would Pardon him for Christs sake, and desired also their Pardon whom he had done wrong to.
VIII. Thomas Payne, Condemned for Robbing on the High-ways. He was an Irish-man, and of the Romish Religion . He declared he had Lived, and now Died in that Communion. He seemed however to take my Admonitions in good part, and to be satisfied in a Point that then fell in my way to take notice of to him. As soon as he was come to the Gallows, one brought some certain Garments for him to put on. But it being found improper that he should strip himself, and shift his Cloaths, in that Place: He bemoaned himself mightily that he was not at liberty to put on Holy Garments before he died. Then I took occasion to tell him, That it mattered not what the Garments were his Body was covered with, provided he had his Soul cloathed with the Righteousness of Christ, and obtained his Grace and Pardon here, in order to future Joy and Glory hereafter. He seemed to be Penitent, and owned he was justly Condemned. He prayed God, and all the World to forgive him, and declared that he died in Charity with all Men.
There was another Condemnrd Prisoner, namely, Michael Brown, that should have been Executed with these 8 Persons, but he received his Death before, being (as I have said killed in the Fray that hapned in the Lodge at Newgate, on Munday last. He was then but just gone from me, and I had wrought more on him than on any of the rest at that time; for he not only confest with Tears, that he was a gret Sinner, and undone for ever, unless God was pleased to shew Mercy to him, which he earnestly implored: But he also ingenuously acknowledged that he was justly Condemned. He had first declared to me, That he was born of Protestant Parents, but in his Travels had changed his Religion, and turned Papist , and now owned that he was in a great measure convinced of his Error, and would desire some farther Discourse with me about it before he Died. Thus far he was brought towards a Reformation, both in his Principles and Manners, when Death met him before he was aware of it.
This is the Account, which the short time I had to be with the Criminals above-named has enabled me to give of them. They all confest the respective Crimes for which they now suffered, and seemed to to be all of them very Penitent. I hope their Repentance (though late) was Sincere, and that our Good and Gracious God had Mercy on their Souls.
Dated, Nov. 6. 1700.
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