The ORDINARY of NEWGATE his Account of the Behaviour, Confessions, and Dying Speeches of the Malefactors that were Executed at Tyburn on Wednesday the 3d day of March. 1707/1708.
AT the Sessions held at Justice-Hall in the Old-Baily on Wednesday and Thursday the 25th and 26th days of February last past, Four Persons received Sentence of Death, which was this day executed upon Two of them only; the other Two having obtain'd Her Majesty's gracious Reprieve; which God grant they may improve to their own and others good.
While they were under this Condemnation. I visited them twice every day: And on the LORD's-DAY the 29th of February I Preached to them and others that were in the Chappel both in the Morning and Afternoon, upon Prov. 28. 13. the Words being these, He that covereth his Sins shall not prosper: But whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have Mercy.
From which I shew'd;
I. That the hiding of One's Sins will not (as deluded Men vainly fancy they may) have the Success of escaping Punishment: But on the contrary will be shamefully exposs'd and severely punished, either in this Life or in the other, or in both; as I am affraid it often is the Case of incorrigible Sinners. Which is imply'd in the former Clause of the Text. He that covereth his Sins shall not prosper.
II. That they who do ingenuously confess, and utterly abhor and forsake their Sins, and amend their Lives, shall be reinstated into God's Favour, which they had forfeited, and shall have well-grounded Hopes and Spiritual Joys and Comforts in their Souls even in this World, and in the World to come unspeakable Happiness and Glory, and Life everlasting. Which is meant by this Latter Clause, that stands opposite the First. But whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
On these two general Heads I inlarg'd, and for the greater Illustration of them, branch'd them out into several Particulars; shewing,
Ist. That Confession of Sins is a most necessary Part of Repentance.
2dly. That the Forsaking of our Sins, is an evident Proof of the Sincerity of our Repentance.
3dly, That though outward Acts of Grief, as Weeping, Lamentations, and the like, may not be absolutely, requisite in Repentance; Yet they well become it, and are often (if not always) great Demonstrations of the inward Sorrow which we feel in our hearts upon the account of our Sins, against God, our Neighbours, and our own Souls.
4thly. That the Effects and Benefits of true Repentance are very great and blessed Things, and most comfortable to a poor dejected Sinner.
1. Because such a Repentance delivers him (in a great measure) from his present trouble, in that it makes them more light and easy to him.
2. Because it prevents, or at least removes those Fears he might otherwise be disturbed with, of being miserable beyond expression in another World.
3. Because it reconciles him to God, and restores him to a Capacity of being made happy with Him for ever; the true Penitent having an Interest in Christ, and a Right to all the Priviledges and Blessings of Christianity.
Having largely discoursed upon these, I concluded at both times with a particular Application and Exhortation to the Condemned; whom (in my daily Attendances) I endeavour'd to bring to Repentance. I shew'd them the Necessity of quitting their Sins, and the Danger of carrying the guilt of them upon their Conscience into another World. I press'd them to make an ingenuous and free Confession of what they knew might be of use and satisfaction, either for the Publick or any private Persons to know: But they seem'd to decline it; saying, That they had nothing to discover, nor could make any Reparation or Satisfaction to the World otherwise than by suffering the Punishment they were condem'd to, and acknowledging (as they did) the Justice of it. So that the Accounts which they gave me of themselves were only these.
I. Thomas Ellis, Condemn'd for a Felony and Burglary by him committed on the 17 day of October last in the House of Sir Miles Hicks in the Parish of St. Peter Paul's Wharf, taking from thence two Silver Hilted Swords, a Hanger, and two Pistols, with a Cloath-Coat, a Beaver-Hat and other things. He confess'd, that he was concerned in that Fact, and had been guilty of several others of the like Nature; and that he had received Mercy before, and abus'd it. I found him very obstinate and unwilling to be brought to any particular Confession: Only he said, He had committed all manner of Sins, except Murther, and that he was chiefly guilty of House breaking, of Swearing, and Drunkenness, of profaning the Lord's-day, and living a loose and lewd Life. He said further, that he was not Marry'd to the Woman that he call'd and went for his Wife, but they had lived for several years together as Man and Wife. He would not own at first that he had done very ill in living so, and that such a continual Life of Fornication and Uncleanness was most contrary to the Purity of the Christian Religion: But at last he began to be sensible of it, and that it was a Sin very heinous in its Nature and most pernicious in its Consequences, and that it had drawn in several other Crimes along with it; and wish'd that other Loose Livers, as himself had been, would take Warning by him, and avoid that and other Sins, left they should bring themselves to ruin and destruction both of Body and Soul. Being ask'd what Trade or Calling (if any) he was brought up to; He told me. That when he was young he was bound to a Shoe-maker , but did not serve out his time; That he had been at Sea diverse times, and served on board several of Her Majesty's Ships , and that he was 30 Years of age, born in the Parish of St. Andrew's Holborn, and had had good Education, but not made that improvement of it which he should have done. He said he was sorry he had been so great an Offender, and begg'd of God and all the Persons he had wrong'd to forgive him; adding that he forgave all the World, and dy'd in Charity with all Men.
II. Mary Goddard, alias Buck, alias Ellis, condemned for breaking out of the Bridewell in Clarken-well, and privately Stealing 5 s. from Jane Gregory, &c. She deny'd the Stealth, but own'd her making her Escape out of that Work-house, to which she was committed. She acknowledg'd she had been a wicked Woman, and had been burnt several times in the Cheek, and once in the Hand; And that she had lived in Fornication for these 10 Years last past with Thomas Ellis above mention'd, and went all along for his Wife, though they neither were, nor ever intended to be Marry'd. She said she was about 30 Years of age, born in Pickadilly, and a Mantua-maker by her Trade, by which she might (if she would) have got a very good Livelihood; but was wickedly inclin'd; saying, that she ow'd all the evil she had done and had brought upon her self to her vicious Disposition. She in general (as her suppos'd Husband) acknowledg'd that she was guilty of all Sins but Murther; and she pray'd to God to forgive her for Christ's sake, in whose Merits alone she said she put her whole Trust and Hope of Salvation.
At the Place of Execution (whither they were this day carry'd in a Cart) I met them, and prayed with them for the last time. I exhorted them to clear their Consciences, and stir up their Hearts to God more and more: And I desir'd them before they departed out of this World, to leave behind them a Warning that might deterr other Sinners from going on in their wicked Courses, and per
swade them to amend their Lives. Upon which Advice they spoke to this Effect; viz.
Thomas Ellis, That he had been a great Sinner, but desir'd that none would, upon the account of his shameful Death, reflect on his Mother or Sister, who were very honest. He pray'd much and very earnestly, and begg'd the Standers-by to joyn with him; and he expres'd a great Confidence that he should be sav'd, and that his Soul should be this day with Christ in Paradie.
As for Mary Buck, She desir'd, that her Death might be a Warning to others, and that God would have mercy upon her. She seem'd not to be so confident of of her Salvation as Ellis; but her Humility and dejectedness (not to say Despondency) better became such a Sinner.
After this I pray'd again, and sung some Penitential Psalms, with the Lamentation of a Sinner. They also rehears'd with me the Apostles Creed; and being ask'd whether they stedfastly believ'd all these Articles of our Christian Faith; They answer'd they did, and pray'd to God to have Mercy upon their Souls. Then I wish'd them that Life Everlasting, which they had now profess'd to believe: And so commending them to the further Assistance of the Divine Grace, I 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 they cry'd to God for mercy in these and the like Ejaculations. O Lord God I flee to thee! Lord help me! Lord save me! Lord Jesus receive my Soul: &c.
Wednesday. March 3. 1707/1708.
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