The ORDINARY of NEWGATE his Account of the Behaviour, Confessions, and Last Speeches of the Malefactors, that were Executed at Tyburn, on Friday the 2d Day of May, 1707.
AT the Sessions held at Justice-Hall in the Old Baily on Wednesday the 23d, Thursday the 24th, Friday the 25th, and Saturday the 26th of April last, two Men and one Woman being Try'd and found Guilty, did accordly receive Sentence of Death, and are now order'd for Execution.
While they lay under this Sentence, I constantly attended them, and did publickly preach to them and other Persons then present in the Chappel of Newgate, viz.
On the LORD's DAY the 27th of April last, both in the Morning and Afternoon, upon Ezak. 33. 11. Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the Death of the Wicked, but that the Wicked turn from his Way, and live.
In Speaking to which Words, I shew'd;
I. The Nature and Extent of that Commission, which God has given his Ministers about this great Doctrine of Repentance; they being (as St. Paul speaks, 2 Cor. 5. 18. &c.) Ambassadors for Christ, to exhort, to pray, to beseech, to intreat Men in Christ's Name and in his Stead, That they would be reconciled to God, i. e. That they would repent of their Sins, and lead a new Life. And here I explain'd to them the Nature of Repentance; such as may be available to Salvation.
II. I shew'd them the Reasonableness of this Duty, viz. That Men should repent; That they should do as they are desired and taught in this weighty and important Matter.
III. The great Advantages, and unspeakable Comforts resulting from the constant Exercise of true Repentance.
Those were the Heads, on which I then discours'd; concluding all with suitable Exhortations to the Condemned.
And Yesterday, being a Day appointed for Publick Thanksgiving, I did preach to them again, both in the Forenoon and Afternoon, upon part of one of the proper Psalms for the Morning-Service, viz. Psal. 122.6. Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem: They shall prosper that love it.
This Text, I told them, points at two Things.
The 1st, Is a Duty prescrib'd. The 2d, A Reward promis'd.
The Duty is Prayer. The Reward is Prosperity.
Which to illustrate, I shew'd;
I. The Obligation incumbent upon all men to pray, not only for themselves in particular, but for the Good of the Publick in general; for the Prosperity of the Church and State; which is intimated in the former Clause of the Text, Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.
II. What Prayer is, and what are the due Qualifications for it.
III. The good Effects always attending Prayer (made in Faith and Charity) with respect both to our present and future Happy State; imply'd in the latter Clause of the Text. They shall prosper that love it.
Having inlarg'd upon these Heads, and spoke in general to the Assembly, and said something of Thanksgiving, in relation to the Solemnity of the Day, &c. I then apply'd my self in particular to the Persons under Condemnation; shewing them the great Necessity of their constant exercising themselves in this Duty of Prayer; that so, God would be pleased to lend a gracious Ear to them, and dispose them, by his Grace, to be admitted into that Blessed Place where our Prayers shall be chang'd into Eternal Songs of Praise and Thanksgiving to our great and good God, our faithful Creator, and most merciful Saviour.
In my private Discourses with them, I received their Confessions; the Substance of which is as follows.
I. Thomas Dickson, or Dickenson, condemned for breaking open the House of Joseph Jury Esq; on the 28th Day of March last, and taking from thence some pieces of Plate and several other Goods of considerable Value. He own'd, he was guilty of this Fact; neither could he deny, but that he had been formerly condemned upon such an account, and had very lately receiv'd the benefit of HER MAJESTY's gracious Pardon. Upon which he said, he was very sorry, he had so ill improv'd that Mercy, and that he now justly deserv'd to find no mor� Mercy in this World, who had so much abus'd it before. He told me, that he was about 70 Years old, born at Waltham-Abby in Essex, and had liv'd a great while in or about London, in Bonhill-fields , &c. and that he had for the most part of his Life, got his Livelihood very honestly by his hard Work, he being a poor Labouring Man ; but he confess'd withal, that of late Years he had faln inro this wicked Way of Robbing Houses, being first induced to it by some others that were in the Trade before him. He was very stupid, and very ignorant of the Duties of Religion. He asked Pardon of God for his having offended him in neglecting so much, as he had done, his Worship and Service, and in doing those things which he ought not to have done. He likewise desired all that he had injur'd would forgive him, for he was truly sorry for, but not able to repair, the Wrongs they had suffer'd by him. He said little besides, and that not very material.
II. John Gooding, alias Goodwin, alias Plump, Condemned for breaking open the House of Mr. Alexander Hurrick, on the 13th of January last, and taking from thence 200 Yards of Durant-Stuff. He confess'd that he was concern'd in that Robbery, and that he was justly condemn'd; That he had been guilty of such Facts (though of none but this since his last coming from Sea, which was last Christmas) and that he had received Pardon before, viz. about 3 Years ago; but had not then fully resolved to become honest; and so when he found Opportunity of exercising his old Trade of Breaking Houses, he fell to it again. He further said, that he was 22 Years of Age, born in the Parish of St. Andrew's Holborn, and that he had spent most part of his Life in the Sea-Service ; and that the Ship on board which he served last was the Dreadnought, a 4th Rate. He own'd he had been a lewd Liver and a very wicked Man, who had done much mischief, and little or no good in the World, and that it was just with God to take him out of it in this shameful manner. He implor'd the Divine Mercy, begg'd Pardon of all he had offended, and declar'd that he dy'd in Charity with all Men, and wish'd that his Companions in Wickedness would take Warning by him.
Alice Gray, condemned for assisting one Thomas, alias John Smith, in committing a Rape upon the Body of Katherine Masters, on the 28th of February last. She deny'd the Fact, and said, she never was guilty of any thing like it, though she had otherwise much offended God, and particularly in her having of late kept company with a Man, whom she was to have marry'd, but was not actually marry'd to him. She said very little else; only, That she was about 32 Years of Age, born at Andover in Hampshire; That she had all along workt very hard for her Livelihood; That she had liv'd several Years (both a Wife and a Widow) in the Parish of St. Clement's Dane; and had since her Husband's Death (as in his Life's time) maintain'd her self by her honest and constant Labour; she making-up Cloaths for Souldiers , and sometimes going to Washing and Scowring , and at other times Watching with Sick Folks, and being a Nurse to them. She added, That she forgave all her Enemies, and died in Charity with them, and all the World besides; and pray'd to God, That he would Pardon all the Sins of her Life, and have Mercy upon her Soul. Being often press'd by some Reverend Divines, besides my self, to acknowledge the Fact for which she was condemned; shewing her the dreadful Punishment that would attend her Denial, if she was any ways guilty or appris'd of it, she declar'd thus much, and no more, viz. That there was a Man in the Room that Night when that Fact was said to have been committed; That he lay a-cross the feet of the Bed, but never offer'd to force or lie with the Young Woman; and, That that Man was a Stranger to her, and she did not know what became of him afterwards. This is all that she confess'd in this Matter. Which being again put to her at the Place of Execution, she persisted in what she had said to me before concerning it.
At the Place of Execution, whither they were this day carry'd in a Cart, and where I attended them, I did (according to my usual manner) discharge my last Duty to their Souls. They seem'd to be sensible of the Evil of Sin, and declar'd again, that they heartily repented of what they
had done amiss, and asked Pardon of God and Men. They desired the Standers-by to take Warning by them and pray for them.
After this I withdrew; and having commended them to God's Mercy, left them to their private Devotions, for which they had some time allow'd them. Then the Cart drew away, and they were turn'd off; while calling earnestly up on God, to have Mercy upon their Souls, in these and the like Ejaculations. Lord pardon my Sins, Lord have Mercy upon me, &c.
This is all the Account here to be given of these Dying Persons, by
Friday, May 2d. 1707.
††† Whereas some Persons do frequently take the Liberty of putting out of Sham-Papers, pretending to give an Account of the Malefactors that are Executed; in which Papers they are so defective and unjust, as sometimes to mistake even their Names and Crimes, and often misrepresent the State they plainly appear to be in under their Condemnation, and at the time of their Death. To prevent which great Abuses, These are to give Notice, That the only true Account of the Dying Criminals, is that which comes out the next Day after their Execution, about 9 in the Morning, the Title whereof constantly begins with these Words, The ORDINARY of NEWGATE his Account of the Behaviour, &c. In which Paper (always Printed on both sides the better to distinguish it from Connterfeits) are set down the Heads of the several Sermons Preach'd before the Condemned: And after their Confessions and Prayers, and Atestation thereto under the Ordinary's Hand, that is, his Name at length; and at the bottom the Printer's Name, Dryden Leach; which if the Readers would but observe, they would avoid those scandalous Cheats heretofore constanly impos'd upon them.
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