The ORDINARY of NEWGATE his Account of the Behaviour, Confession, and Last Speech of the Malefactor that was Executed at TYBURN, on WEDNESDAY the 26th of JULY, 1710.
AT the Sessions held at Justice-Hall in the Old-Baily, on Wednesday the 5th, Thursday the 6th, and Friday the 7th; and thence adjourn'd to Friday the 14th Instant; Five Persons receiv'd Sentence of Death: Four of them have obtain'd a Gracious Reprieve, which I hope they will take care to improve as they ought to do; and the other is now order'd for Execution.
On the Lord's Day the 9th Instant, I preach'd to them, both in the Morning and Afternoon, from these Words, 1 Pet. 3. 11. (being part of the Epistle for the Day) Let him eschew Evil, and do Good.
Which Words having explain'd in general, and illustrated and enforc'd by several Proofs from Scripture; I then proceeded in particular to shew,
I. That we ought to eschew Evil in Thoughts, Words, and Deeds.
II. That we lie under an indispensable Obligation to do Good, (i. e. to obey GOD's Commands) and hereto apply our selves, and all the Faculties of our Souls, through the whole Course of our Lives.
III. and Lastly, That our faithful Discharge of this Negative and Positive Duty injoyn'd in the Text, viz. the abstaining from Evil, and doing Good, will conduce to our present and future Happiness; which by our Sins we do forfeit; but may, by a True and Sincere Repentance, regain.
On the Lord's Day, the 16th Instant, I preach'd again to them, both in the Morning and Afternoon, upon Mat. 5. 20. part of the Gospel for the Day; the Words being these: For I say unto you, That except your Righteousness shall exceed the Righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no wise enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
From which Words, spoken by our Blessed Saviour to his Disciples, I shew'd,
I. The great and noble Design of the Christian Religion.
II. The Difference between it and the Pharisaical.
III. The Necessity of, and Benefit accruing from, the Sincere Practise of true Religion and Virtue.
IV. and Lastly, The Inferences naturally arising from the Doctrin in the Text.
On the last Lords' Day I did again preach to them, and my Sermons, both in the Morning and Afternoon, were upon the Subject of Thanksgiving and Praise to GOD, which we ought to pay Him for all his Dispensations (whether gentle or severe) to us in this World, because his gracious Intent therein, is to make us wiser and better, and prepare us for an endless Happiness in the World to come. And I took for my Text these Words of holy David, Psal. 118. 18 & 19. The Lord hath chasten'd me sore; but he hath not given me over unto Death. Open to me the gates of Righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord.
In Explanation of which Words, I spoke to these Particulars, viz.
I. That GOD, who (as David here delares) had severely corrected him, had thus dealt with him (no doubt) for these two good Ends; 1st, For the Punishment of his past Sins: And, 2dly, For the Bettering and Amendment of his future Life. The Lord, saith he in the first Clause of my Text, hath chasten'd me sore.
II. That while GOD was thus exerting his Justice upon him, He was pleas'd at the same time to remember Mercy: Which is the meaning of this second Clause. But He hath not given me over unto Death.
III. and Lastly, That therefore he was resolv'd to praise God, as in Private, so chiefly in Publick, upon these two Accounts; 1st, Because GOD had visited him with the Rod of his Correction, to awaken him to his Duty to Him, and the Consideration of his own true Interest. And, 2dly, Because He had remov'd his Strokes from him, and dealt with him as a gentle and gracious Father, who design'd, not his Destruction, but his Salvation and Reformation. All which (as being the Consequence of what is express'd immediately before) may be imply'd from this latter part of the Text. Open to me the Gates of Righteousness: I will go in to them; and I will Praise the LORD.
Upon these I enlarg'd, and concluded all my Discourses with proper Exhortations both to the Condemn'd and Repriev'd, whom I attended in the Chapel of Newgate twice every day while they were under this Condemnation: From which Four of them being (as I noted before) now discharg'd, there is but One I am here to give an Account of.
And the Person, who is thus become the melancholy Subject of this Paper, which (through Mercy) has had of late a long happy Interruption, is,
That the things he was charg'd to have robbed Mr. Halon of, [viz. a Gold Watch with a Silver Chain gilt, a Gold Ring set round with Diamonds and an Emerald in the middle, another Gold Ring with a Ruby, a Gold Seal, and a Silver-hilted Sword,] were borrow'd (in a friendly manner, and with a design to be return'd to the said Mr. Halon) and not at all stoln or violently taken from him. I found he was not willing to own himself guilty of such an Unchristian like Action; neither would he be perswaded to make any Confession to me, with relation to any thing concerning himself. And when I put these Questions to him, Whether he had not perswaded his Friend to rob Mr. Halon. 2. And (which was much worse) whether he was not for killing the said Mr. Halon upon the spot? He disown'd all this very faintly; saying, That Mr. Halon being his Friend's Acquaintance, certainly he would not serve him so. However, he desir'd I would not ask him any Questions (as I did) relating either to that Fact, or any other Passage of his Life. For he was not willing, neither did he think himself obliged to resolve or satisfy me therein. And this Reservedness of his and Unwillingness to open himself freely to me, was (as I perceived) First, Because he had so long flatter'd himself with the hopes of a Reprieve, that he could hardly think of Death, even when upon the very brink of it: And Secondly, Because he had a Friend, a Romish Priest (as I may well suppose) that came to him, who gave him his Directions, and strictly forbad him to take mine. What therefore I can here say further of him is, That he told me, he was about 21 years of age, come of a good Parentage, and born in the County of Clare in Ireland, and brought up in France from his Youth in the Roman Catholick Religion, which he had all-along profess'd, and in which he was resolved to die. And so it seems he did being assisted herein by his Ghostly Father, who would not leave him till he had seen him turned off at the Place of Execution, to which he was carry'd this day in a Cart, and where (according to the Duty of my Place) I attended him with the Offers of my last Service to him, and my hearty Prayers for the Everlasting Rest and Happiness of his Soul. He civilly thank'd me; but little minded what I said to him, or how I pray'd for him. He made no Speech to the Spectators, who were many; but (upon my motion to him) he allow'd me to desire their Prayers for his Departing Soul.
Then he apply'd himself to his private ones, which he (for the most part) read in a, Book he had with him; but he read and pray'd so low, as not to be heard, even by those who were nearest him. When he had done, he was ty'd to the Tree, and soon after the Cart drawing away, he was then made sensible of his great Change, and what the State of the other World is.
This is all the Account here to be given of this Dying Person, by me,
Wednesday, July 26, 1710.
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