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Ordinary's Account, 16th October 1732.

THE ORDINARY of NEWGATE, His ACCOUNT of the Behaviour, Confession, and Dying Words, OF THE MALEFACTOR, Who was EXECUTED at TYBURN, On MONDAY the 16th of this Instant OCTOBER, 1732.

BEING THE NINTN EXECUTION in the MAYORALTY OF THE Rt. Hon. Sir FRANCIS CHILD, Knt .

Number IX. For the said YEAR.

LONDON:

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THE ORDINARY of NEWGATE, His ACCOUNT of the Behaviour, Confession, &c.

AT the King's Commission of Oyer and Terminer and Gaol-Delivery of Newgate, held (before the Right Hon. Sir FRANCIS CHILD, Knt . Lord Mayor of the City of London; the Hon. Mr. Baron Thompson, Recorder of the City of London; the Worshipful Mr. Serjeant Urlin, Deputy-Recorder of the said City; and others his Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer, for the City of London, and Justices of Gaol-Delivery of Newgate, holden for the said City and County of Middlesex) at Justice-Hall in the Old-Bailey, on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday, being the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 11th of September, 1732; in the Sixth Year of his Majesty's Reign.

Eighteen Men and One Woman were by the Jury convicted of capital Crimes, and receiv'd Sentence of Death. Upon Thursday the 5th of October, report was made to his Majesty in Council, of the above 19 Malefactors, under Sentence of Death in Newgate; when James Brothwick, Lewis de Vic, PaulCray, Peter Bell, and Elizabeth Pardoe, receiv'd his Majesty's most gracious Reprieve.

The remaining 14, viz. Joseph Powis, Edward Dalton, Serjeant Griffith, James Johnson, alias Drew, John Bumpus, Charles Patrick, W. Mead, Viner White, John Vaughan, Edward Perkins, John Mackraidy, Benjamin Lowder, alias Loveden, alias, Loveday, William Shelton, and William Fleming, were order'd for Execution. The last named thirteen were Executed on Monday last, the 9th, Instant, the account of

whose Lives, Behaviour, and Confessions you may have in the last Dying-Speech, of the said Date. Joseph Powis, had a most gracious Reprieve sent him on Sunday the 8th, Instant for 8 Days, at the expiration of which, the Sentence was Executed upon him.

He had the benefit of the same Instructions and Exhortations, with the others who died before him, and the time being short to instruct him by himself, I exhorted him mostly to a serious Preparation for Death from these Words, 'Mark 'the perfect man, and behold the 'upright, for the end of that man 'is Peace, Psalm, xxxvii. 37. Or as it is in the old Translation, Keep Innocency, and take Heed to the Thing that is right, for that shall bring a Man Peace at the last. From this I show'd him, that the great Difference betwixt a Life of Sin and Wickedness, and a Life of Piety and Vertue is, that the former consults only our present Interest, but the latter provides for our everlasting well being, and lays a sure Foundation for our everlasting Peace and Happiness. The greatest advantage of a sinful course is to be diverted a little, and pleasantly entertain'd for a small moment; which in comparison of things in the vegetable and sensitive World is very short; but to be balanc'd with Eternity is a meer nothing. Time it self has no proportion to Eternity, much lest that span of it which makes up the Life of Man. Behold, thou hast made my Days as a span-long, and mine is as nothing in respect of thee. Says the Psalmist, Psalm 39. 5. The sum of a sinful Life is, a little momentary Pleasure, at the Expence of a deal of succeeding trouble and Self-condemnation, and there is this great Aggravation of the Folly of Sin, that although some of its Pains are eternal, yet all its Pleasures are but for a Season.

But it's quite otherwise in the practice of religion and virtue, which secures to us an eternal and never-fading Interest, even everlasting Happiness, and all her paths are Peace, Prov. 3. xvii. But it is her distinguishing Glory, that she brings us true and solid Peace at the last, however an ill combination of accidents may defraud us of the other. For Vice has it's present pleasures as well as Virtue, but herein lies the difference, that Virtue only ends well.

Upon this subject I made it clear to him, that what will bring a Man to Peace at the last, is to be chiefly minded, and most diligently heeded: But a Life of Piety and Virtue will bring a Man Peace at the last: and therefore a Life of Piety and Virtue is to be chiefly minded, and most diligently heeded. As to Peace, at the Hour of Death, tho' none is able to judge of it but those who are concern'd in that dreadful Moment; yet we may take some Measures of it, by considering what it is to die, and how miserable the Condition of those is, who have liv'd so ill, as to want this Peace at the Hour of Death.

I advised him also to renew his baptismal Covenant with God, by receiving the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, which is a Pledge of Christ's Love, and his last Legacy of that everlasting Good-will he bore us.

While these and many such Exhortations and suitable Instructions were given, he always behav'd christianly and decently, and made regular Responses, and to Appearance he was penitent, at least he professed a deep Repentance for the heinous Sins and Irregularities of his Life, though indeed he did not seem to have such a deep Concern upon his Spirits, as might be thought requisite; yet sometimes he wept and shed Tears, and upon the whole we are to judge charitably of him.

Joseph Powis, was indicted for breaking and entering the House of Joseph Brewer, in the Parish of St. Andrew's Holbourn, with an Intent to steal his Goods, about the Hour of two in the Night, on the third of August last.

Joseph Powis, about twenty two Years of Age, of honest and reputable Parents, in the Parish of St. Martin's in the Fields; who gave him good Education at School to fit him for Business; and when of Age his Father instructed him in his own Trade of a Locksmith , in which he was a very good Proficient: And, as he said, few young Men in the Kingdom could excel him in that Way. His Father was very kind and indulgent towards him, but he prov'd a most disobedient and perverse Child as ever was born; for after all the gentle Methods his Father could think upon, to put and keep him in a Sober and Christian Way of Thinking and Acting, he did nothing else but abuse the Lenity of a tender Parent, and was so head-strong and irreclaimable in his own foolish Way of Proceeding, that he often lest his Father's House and went

upon his Travels, not knowing whether, without any Deliberation or Judgment; and by this foolish and inconsiderate Way, he was frequently reduced to the Extremity of Misery and Poverty, exposed himself, his Parents, his Relations and Friends to Disgrace, so far as in him lay, which provoked his honest Father, and others, to desert, and, in a manner, to renounce and deny him. This his obstinate, wilful, and vitious manner of Life, hurried on his Ruin and Destruction apace. He at last committed a Felony, for which he was taken up, imprison'd, convicted, and order'd for Transportation, a little more than one Year ago; yet upon Promise of Amendment and Reformation, and that he would no more addict himself to unwildy and irregular Courses: His Father made Interest to get his Transportation taken off, and had him set at Liberty again. But he still prov'd irreclaimable, for no sooner was he unchain'd, but he apply'd himself to his old idle Way, and got into the Company of wicked Men and Women, who made his Fall unavoidable. Not being willing to work, though he did not commit the most notorious Crimes, such as Murder, breaking Houses, robbing the Streets and Highways, picking of Pockets, and such like; yet to supply himself in his extravagant, unreasonable, and vitious manner of Life, which he loved best, in drinking, idling away his Time with profligate base Fellows, bearing Company to naughty Women, and stroling about the Town and Country, with Mountebanks and such like Gentlemen, who love Ease and Laziness, better than an industrious, virtuous, and constant Application to some honest Trade or Imployment; he stole and pilfer'd whatever he could lay his Hands upon, and sometimes he got into Houses, broke open Locks, and took every thing he could conveniently carry away. He very much lamented his extraordinary Wickedness, especially his great Obstinacy and reiterated Disobedience to a good, kind, indulgent Father, whom, with Tears in his Eyes, and in the greatest Agony and Bitterness of Spirit, he call'd one of the best and most sympathizing and patient Fathers; whereas he own'd himself one of the most obstinate, perverse, and disobedient Sons in the World: Having tir'd out his Father's Patience to such a Degree, that after innumerable Admonitions and Endeavours to bring him to a Sense of his Sin and Duty, still finding him irreclaim

able, he at last, in a manner, denied any paternal Relation, and would neither own or do any more for him, and did not care to hear of him; and would not receive his Letters, but with the highest Indignation threw them away, and sent him no Returns. He supplied him with nothing, and would do no Services for him. The Consideration of those Things gave him a deal of Uneasiness, and he was very desirous of being reconciled to his Father.

Joseph Powis writ a pretty large Account of his Life and Actions; that when a Child of eight Years of Age, his Father went to Harflew in Normandy, whether he went to carry on a Manufacture of Smith's work for the famous Mr. Law, who at that Time made so much Noise in the World, and who appointed him an Overseer, of thirty English, and as many French Blacksmiths. Here Petit Powis, as they call'd him, was much made of by the French, who took Pains to teach him their Language; but his Mother happening to die at London, to the great Grief of his Father and him. And other Misfortunes befalling them, they return'd to their own Country, and his Father married again, and took a Shop in Chancery-Lane, where he carried on his Trade, and put Joseph to a Grammar School. Now he began to understand the Value of Learning, and to apply himself seriously and heartily to it; but having been negligent before, and now his Father's Circumstances not allowing him to give him a liberal Education, he resolv'd to make him his own Trade, a Blacksmith : Altho' the young Gentleman lov'd not hard Labour, yet being of an ingenious quick Disposition, he soon acquired a particular Dexterity of making Locks and Keys, and excell'd most young Men of that Trade, and if he had been inclin'd to a virtuous, quiet Life, might have made a very good Livelihood in this Way: But the young Man aspir'd to greater Things than either his Birth or Education led him to, for his Mind run upon something that's genteel, having a great Aversion to hard Labour; but for want of Ability, and taking quite sinistrous Methods to attain to the Height of his Ambition. He fail'd in his Projects, and brought himself to a fatal and ignominious End.

Then he gives a long Narrative of his travelling through the Country, and idling away his Time with some foolish Boys, who advised him to ramble along with them. This was one of his first Steps

towards the Life of a Gentleman. After this, his Father took him home, but he would not stay, but found Means to break into his Father's Closet, and to carry all his Cloaths away. His Father took him before a Justice of Peace, who threatned him with Bridewell; but upon his Submission and Promise to live with his Father, they dismissed him. No Advice could prevail upon him to stay at home, but he went to Bartholomew-Fair, and serv'd in a Booth.

Then he engaged to go along with one Dutton, to a Fair at Darking in Surry; there he was promised great Things, but sound no good, saving that he wore away all his Cloaths, Shoes, Stockings, and was half starv'd. Upon this Occasion he gives a long Account, of his going from Place to Place, in a most miserable Condition; of his Stealing into Hay-Lofts and lying there; of his Breaking into Houses in the Night-time, and stealing thence Victuals and Drink, a Pair of Boots, and Stockings, &c. of his Intrigues, with a base Country Wench, with whom he met accidentally among the Hay; of his being taken up for Burglary and Theft, and his Cunning in making his Escape from two Fellows, who were sent to Watch him in the Night-time; of several other little Adventures, till at last he found his Way to London, and did several small Robberies.

Upon Sunday the 15th Instant, the Day before his Execution, after Sermon in the Evening, some Gentlemen came to Newgate to speak to him about some Papers; he told them, that they were destroyed; and that whatever Person was guilty of such Crimes, as those Letters insinuated, he deserv'd, in his Opinion, more to be carried to Tyburn than he, and if his Life were spar'd, he should be glad of having the Office to lead them thither. This he said, without reflecting on any particular Person. He told me, that one had given him an Account of my speaking uncharitably of; I perswaded him to the contrary, and he talked no more of that. The Reason he gave of his following bad Courses, was because he could not have Education at Universities, to bring him into a Gentleman Way of Business.

He declared his Confidence of being sav'd, by the Mercy of God, through the Merits of Jesus Christ; That he sincerely repented of all his Sins, and died in Peace with all the World.

An Abstract of some Robberies committed by this Malefac-tor, which was wrote by himself during his Confinement in the Cells; likewise a Copy of a Letter which he sent to his Majesty.

ONE Night as I was coming through Ludgate, a Gentleman had fell down and lost three Guineas and some Silver out of his Pocket, of which he had found one again before I came. I seeing a Croud, ask'd, what was the Matter, and was inform'd by one of the By-standers, upon which I went and search'd for them, and found the other two: I gave the Gentleman one, and kept the other myself unknown to him. The Gentleman return'd me Thanks in a very handsome Manner, and desir'd I would accept of a Pint of Wine, which I did, and then came home, having more Money than I had been Master of at once for some Time before.

But that being gone, I was at a Loss what to do for more: And one Night coming late, or rather early, home from Windmill-Hill, I wander'd up Chancery-Lane, and it beginning to rain, I went into a little Hole under the Master in Chancery's Office, where I continued so long, till it began to be Office Time, and People began to be about, so that I could not get out without being seen; wherefore I lay there all Day, and heard People walk and talk very near me; and turning about something too quick, it caus'd me to fall with my Head just against some Lath and Plaister, which belong'd to the Office, so violently, that I broke down Part thereof, and could see into the Office very plainly. But it happen'd that no Body was near at that Time, and it being a very dark Corner, it was not seen. This inspired me with a Thought which I had not before, which was to make the Hole bigger, and get into the Office, and see if there was any thing worth bringing away: And accordingly at Night I put my Design in Execution, and having search'd all about, I was coming away in despair, not finding any thing worth bringing with me; when I happened to look into a little Cupboard just by the Chimney, where they put Small Coal, Candle, &c. and I felt a Bag, which pulling it out, I found therein about Fifty Shillings in Silver, and a Green Purse, in which was four Guineas, and four half Guineas; I

was over-joy'd with my Purchase, but it not last me above a Week, and then I was forc'd to Pawn what Things I had bought till all was gone, and then I began to look sharp again.

But happening to come cross Smithfield, on a Market-Day, I saw a Countryman receive some Money for Cattle he had sold, which he had put into a greasy Leather Bag; I was going along, not thinking any thing, when I heard an Outcry of stop Thief, I turn'd about to the Noise, and saw a Man running towards where I was, pursu'd by several People, and just as he came by me he dropt something (which no-body happened to see but me) which he had no sooner done but he was stop'd; I took up what he drop'd, which to my great Surprize I perceived was the Leather Pouch of Money I saw in the Countryman's Hand; I never stay'd to see what became of the Man, but went to an Ale-house, and calling for a Pint of Beer, I ask'd for the Necessary-house, which being shewn me, I there examined the Contents, and found therein Forty two Guineas and a half, five Three and twenty Shilling Pieces of Gold, and a Moidore, five Shillings and six Pence in Silver, making in all Fifty two Pounds; I was astonished at becoming Master of so much Money, but taking the half Guinea and the Silver out from the rest I put the loose in my Pocket, and put all the rest of the Gold into my Green Purse, and threw the Leather Pouch down the Vault, and going in I paid for my Beer, and went home very well satisfied with my Day's Work, without once thinking of the poor Wretch who drop'd it, who was got into the Hands of the Mob, that have as little Mercy on Gentlemen of his Profession, as a Kite has upon a Chicken when he tears it in Pieces and devours it.

I liv'd in great Splendor whilst this Money lasted, which was not a Month, for I let it go almost as freely as it came; but when it was gone I was put to my Shifts again, and going down Chancery-Lane one Morning betwixt Three and Four a-Clock, I had a Fancy to get into the Chancery Coffee-house, imagining to find something considerable in the Till, which is usually in Publick Houses; but getting down the Area which is before the House, I found I cou'd not get in at the Kitchen Window as I meant, so I went into the Coal Vault which is under the Street, and getting behind a Board, lay there all Day undiscover'd, and in the Dusk of the

Evening slipped into the House, and hid myself in a Chimney in the Kitchen which was full of Lumber, untill they were gone to Bed, and then came forth; I went directly to the Bar but found no Till there, only about three Shillings in Halfpence upon a Shelf, and a large Silver Spoon and several smalls ones, to about the Value of Thirty Shillings, three Cambrick Hannkerchiefs, and about a Pound of Tea, two Cakes of Chocolate, and a large Lump of double refin'd Sugar, and ty'd them up in a Cloth. I had neither Ea nor Drank for near thirty Hours, so I took a Bit of Bread and Butter, and made about a Quart of Punch which I Drank; and just as I had done, and coming away, I heard somebody coming down Stairs, who were so near that I could not get out, but forc'd to run down and hide myself in a Hole behind the Stairs, where they put broken Glass, and having pull'd off my Shoes because they should not hear me, as I went up and down the House, I cut my Feet amongst the Glass. The Maid who was got up to wash, did not go into the Coffee-Room, but came down Stairs, and went into the Kitchen to strike a Light, which gave me an Opportunity to get up Stairs. I put on my Shoes and opened the Door and went out with my Booty, without being heard or seen.

But to proceed, I continued shewing my Parts in the Theatrical Way as I had Time to spare, or in plain English when I had no Money left; for whenever I had Money I frequented the Coffee-houses and Billiard-Tables (which was the only Game wherein I took delight) and the Play-house as a Spectator; and sometimes I passed a few Hours with some Herione whose Conversation was any way engaging; and in short, lost no Opportunity of pushing forwards that Time which fled away too fast of itself.

But my last Booty being gone, I was at Loss what to do for more, when I one Morning went into St. Dunstan's Church, and no body being there but the Sexton who opened the Doors, I unseen of him got up into one of the Gallaries, and hid myself till Night, and then I search'd about but could not do any thing; for the next Day being a Holy-day, the Ringers came into the Church and began to ring by twelve that Night, and I could see them as I lay hid, but durst not stir least they should see me, so I was forc'd to lye still till Twelve the next Day at Noon, at which Time, they all went out of the

Church, and the Sexton lock'd the Doors, I got out at my little Ease and came down Stairs, and began to look about me to see what I could find, when Lo! to my great Disturbance the Sexton came in again; I was in a Pew where they kept the Curtains belonging to the Church-warden's Pew, I hearing the Door open, turn'd about to get out, which doing hastily, I struck my Foot against the Side of the Pew, with such Force as sounded quite thro' the Church, which the Man hearing, and turn'd his Head and saw me, and instead of coming directly to me, he went back to fasten the Door, which gave me an Opportunity of retreating into my Hole again, where I lay so quiet and secure that he could not find me, tho' he very cunningly called aloud, (where are you) imagining perhaps, that I would be such a Fool as to tell him; but after about two Hours Employment for himself, and another Man whom he called to help him, they gave over their fruitless Search, imagining I had escaped out of the Church, and left to proceed when I saw convenient. I lay still untill the next Morning by Day-break, which was a little after two a-Clock, and in two or three little Cupboards which were under the Seats, I found some old fashion'd Common-Prayer Books garnish'd with Silver, which I pulled off and sold for 12 Shillings, and as many Books as I sold for near as much, and in the Morning I went out when they opened the Doors for Prayers unseen.

On Wednesday, August the 2d, I unfortunately went into a Publick House, at the Sign of the Black Raven in Fetter-Lane, kept by one Joseph Brewer, and call'd for some Liquor, and sent for a Friend whom I wanted to see. This being about Nine at Night, and I waited there till Twelve without seeing my Friend; and I having been drinking in Company before, I was very much Overcome: However, paying my Reckoning, I was going home, but having Occasion to go to the Privy, I there fell asleep; and this being in the Yard, and having a Backdoor, which was a thorough fair into another Street, they might think I was gone that way, or perhaps might not think of me at all: But they went to Bed and left me there, and I slept till past two, and then waking, and perceiving where I was, I endeavour'd to get out at the Fore-door, but that being lock'd I went to the Cellar-door, and push'd it open, which being seen by a Watchman who stood thereby,

he began to call, Mr. Brewer, there's some Body in the House, which caus'd me to retreat Backwards, thinking to go out that Way, but found the Back-door strongly secured, so that being in a Fright, I clim'd into a neighbouring Yard, and went under a kind of a Dresser, made of some Boards, resolving to remain there till next Morning, and then go out; and if I was ask'd about it, to tell the People of the House the Truth of the Thing: But I had not been there half a quarter of an Hour, before somebody came into the Yard, and began to pull down the Boards which cover'd me, I upon that put my Head out, and beginning to speak, I was knock'd down, with a Blow of a Club on my Head, which stunn'd me, and before I recover'd my self, they had repeated their Strokes, for I had several Holes and Bruises in my Head; but recovering my Speech, and seeing the Yard full of People, I intreated them to hold their Hands, and if I had done any Crime, punish me according to Law, and not murther me in that inhuman Manner, seeing I made no Resistance, whereupon two Men took hold of my Hands and Collar, and going to lift me up, I felt something go through the Calf of my Leg, and with a repeated Thrust into my right Foot quite to the Bone: I turn'd and saw it was done with an old rusty Sword by Brewer's Man, who made three more Thrusts at me; whereof the first made a superficial Wound upon my Belly the other two went through my Coat's-Sleeve without doing me any farther Damage; and now being prevented by some Strangers, who said it was a Shame to use me so, they took me into the House, and began to search me, and took out of my Pockets some Things, which they made use of to my, Detriment, by swearing that I gave, very unwarrantable Accounts of the Use of them, particularly, a Launcet, which I made use of to bleed People in the Night; whereas I protest, by all my Hopes of Mercy here and hereafter, that being ask'd the Use of the said Launcet, I replied, Word for Word, as I have here set down, that I had for some Time studied Phlebotomy or Blood-letting. Some Persons said likewise, that I said, I wish'd to die of my Wounds before my Trial came on, which was another Circumstance which did me a great Wrong and Injury; all I said was as follows:

The Constable being sent for, and charg'd with me, he was going to carry me to the Compter till next Morning I was carried before the Justice; whereupon I intreated them to let me send for a Chirurgeon, and stay to have my Wounds dress'd, and they refusing, I said! Why I shall die of my Wounds before my Trial, and then you'll be all disappointed of your Expectations. However, they were deaf to all I said, and carried me in that Condition to the Compter, about three in the Morning, and I lay bleeding till near Noon, and then was by the Justice committed to Newgate, where I had them dress'd about three in the Afternoon, some whereof are not yet healed: And I, through Loss of Blood, which issued out of six Places, almost twelve Hours, was render'd so weak, that I have not yet recover'd it.

Sunday, Oct. 15, 1732.

My Dear Friend,

I Intreat you to deliver to Mrs. Lydia Goodwin, the Ring which you had of me, for which you lent me Six Shillings and Sixpence the Day that you and I went out with Intention to go to Bow-Fair, but which we did not do, for we went to Lambeth-Wells, and from thence to the Mulberry-Gardens by the Park: She will tell you the Posy.

I desire you to remember

Your humble Servant,

and unhappy Friend,

when you think upon

JOSEPH POWIS.

A COPY OF THE LETTER Which I sent to his MAJESTY.

May it please your Majesty,

WITH the utmost Humility I presume to lay my self at your Majesty's Royal Feet, imploring Mercy, which unless your Majesty will be graciously pleased to grant, I am irrecoverably lost.

I am descended of virtuous Parents, who instiled in me early Notions of Religion, Virtue, and Honour, and an Abhorrence of every base and dishonourable Action; and after giving me a liberal Education, enabled me, by an ingenious Occupation, to support my self in a handsome and creditable Manner, without having Recourse to any unlawful Means, and which I have since exercised with so much Diligence as to be thought to excel therein, whereof I have drawn a Draught to prove that I assert the Truth, viz. three Keys.

As to the Crime for which I am condemned, I humbly do assure your Majesty, before Almighty God, who knows my Sincerity herein, that I am intirely innocent thereof, either actionally or intentionally; wherefore I have inclos'd a brief Narrative of the Thing as it really was, that your Majesty may perceive thereby how cruelly I have suffered both in Character and Person.

I likewise do protest, by all my Hopes of Mercy, that I never was transported, as has been falsely suggested, by order thereby to deprive me of your Majesty's Royal Compassion and Mercy; neither was I ever out of England, except when I was about eight Years of Age, my Father took me into France with him. I never was addicted to keep lewd or dissolute Persons Company, but bestowed what Time I had to spare in some liberal or commendable Qualifications.

I most humbly and earnestly beseech your most Sacred Majesty's Pardon for the Stratagem which I rashly presum'd to make use of to gain Respite, precipitated thereunto by the terrible Prospect of approaching Death, who I expected, within a few Hours, would swallow me up; but which I dare not continue, lest I by too great a Provocation of your most Sacred Majesty, render my self incapable, as well as unworthy, of your Royal Mercy.

I earnestly intreat your Majesty, that Justice may be satisfy'd with the Sacrifice which is already made to her of thirteen poor unhappy Men, who were in the Prime of their Youth and Vigour, cut off from the Society of Mankind, that I may remain a living Monument of your Majesty's Royal Clemency, though even on Conditions of perpetual Banishment.

And may Almighty God bless your Majesty with Health, and a long and prosperous Life, dreaded by your Enemies abroad, and belov'd by all your Subjects at home; and when it shall please him to give your Majesty in Exchange for this earthly Crown an immortal and uncorruptible Crown of Glory. May there never he wanting some of your most sacred Majesty's Royal Line to fill the Throne, so long as this is a Kingdom, which shall be every Day of my remaining Life, the hearty Prayer of the most unworthy and miserable of your Majesty's Subjects,

JOSEPH POWIS.

At the Place of EXECUTION.

MONDAY Morning before he went out of Newgate, he said to some of the Runners, I am sure I shall not Be executed to Day. When at the Place I went to give him his last Prayers, he asked me the Way to Kensington, I told him it was a little forward, not far off the Road we were in. While I was praying for him and singing a Psalm, he looked frequently over his Shoulder. He delivered some Papers; the Substance of which is given Account of in the preceding Narrative. Only he gave it as his last Confession, that he neither committed nor intended any Felony in Mr. Brewer's House the second of August last; but that waiting for one, with whom he had an Appointment till twelve at Night; he then went to the little House, and being much in Liquor, he fell asleep, when he awoke, not knowing how to get out, he broke into the House, by that Means to make his Way into the Street; then hearing a Noise in the House, he jumped into a neighbouring Back-yard, and hid himself under a little Shed, where he was taken. He reflected upon the Prosecutor, and complained much upon the barbarous Usage they gave him, when he was apprehended. He addressed himself to the People, and desired all young Persons to take Example from him, and to live regularly in the Fear of God, and in Obedience and due Submission to

their Parents. He went off the Stage crying out, that God would have Mercy upon him, and that the Lord Jesus would receive his Spirit; and blessed me for my good Offices to him.

This is all the Account given by me, JAMES GUTHRIE,

Ordinary of Newgate.

ADVERTISEMENTS.

This Day is publish'd,

A Compleat and genuine Account of the Life and Actions of Joseph Powis, who was convicted at the Sessions House in the Old Baily for Burglary on the 6th of September last, and executed at Tyburn Monday, the 16th Instant Likewise some Letters by way of Address, which he sent to the Mistress of his Affections. Faithfully collected and written by himself. To which is added, his Effigies, drawn by himself during his Confinement in the Cells.

Printed and sold by J. Applebee in Bolt Court, Fleet-street; A. Dodd at the Peacock without Temple-Bar; and E. Nut at the Royal-Exchange.

This Day is Publish'd,

With a Frontispiece of the famous Jack Shepherd's Escape out of the Condemn'd Hole of Newgate.

THE LIVES of the most remarkable Criminals, who have been condemn'd and executed, for Murder, Highway, House-breaking, Street Robberies, Coining, or other Offences, from the Year 1720 to the present Time: Containing particularly, the Lives of, Mrs. Griffith for the Murder of her Maid; Kennedy the Pyrate; Molony and Carrick, Highwaymen; Brindsden who murder'd his Wife; Levee, and the rest of his Gang, Street Robbers; Capt. Massy for Pyracy; Roch for Pyracy and Murder, a full Account of the Waltham Blacks; the famous Jack Shephard; his Companion Blueskin; and Towers who was hang'd for setting up the new Mint. Collected from Original Papers and Authentick Memoirs. To which is prefix'd, a Preface, containing a general View of the Laws of England, with respect to Capital Offences.

Printed and sold by John Applebee in Bolt Court, Fleet Street; A. Bettesworth, and C. Hitch, at the Red-Lion in Pater Noster Row; John Pemberton, at the Golden Buck against St. Dunstan's Church. J. Isted, at the Golden Ball near Chancery-lane, in Fleet-street; E. Symon in Cornhill; R. Ware, at the Bible and Sun in Amen-Corner near Pater-Noster Row; and W. Mears, at the Lamb the Corner of Bell Savage Inn on Ludgate Hill.

The Publick may depend on the Accounts publish'd in this Work, as containing a just and faithful Narration of the Conduct of these unhappy Persons, and a true State of their respective Crimes, without any Additions of feigned and romantick Adventures, calculated meerly to entertain the Curiosity of the Reader.

N. B. Vol. It. is in the Press, and will be Publish'd with all convenient Expedition.

ELectuarium Mirable; or the Admirable Electuary, which infallibly cures all Degrees and Symptoms of the Secret Disease, with more Ease, Speed, and Safety, than any Medicine yet published. Any old Running, &c. tho' of several Years standing, whether occasion'd by an Overstrain, Weakness of the Seminals or the Relicts of a former Infection, is certainly cured in a short Time, without a Minutes Confinement, Suspicion, or the Use of Astringents; being a Medicine so wonderfully pleasant and easie in its Operation, that the nicest Palate, or weakest Constitution may take it with Delight. Two Pots are generally sufficient to compleat a Cure in most Cases. To be had (with Directions at large) only of the Author, Dr. C A M, a graduate Physician, who has published it Thirty Years, and is constantly to be advised with at his House, at the Golden-Ball in Bow-Church-yard, Cheap side, at Half a Guinea the Pot.

N. B. Since nothing is more requisite, in the Cure of any Distemper, than for a Patient to have free access to his Physician; therefore beware of buying Medicines from Toy-shops, Book-sellers-shops, &c. the Authors of which are always conceal'd, and not to be Spoke with, on any Occasion: And tho by their specious Pretences) you are promised a cheap Cure you'll certainly find it very Dear in the End.

Verbum sat sapienti.

See his Books lately publish'd, viz. His Rational and Useful Account of the Secret Disease. Price 1 s. His Practical Treatise; or Second Thoughts on the Consequences of the Venereal Disease. In Three Parts, viz. I. On the Simple Gonorrhaea Gleets and other Weaknesses, whether from Venereal Embraces Self-pollution, improperly call'd Onanism, or Natural Imbecility. II. On the Virulent Gonorrhaea, or Clap. III. On the Venereal Lues, or Grand Pox, &c. Price 2 s. His Essay on the Rheumatism and Gout. Price 6d. His Discourse on Convulsions. Price 6 d. And his Dissertation on the Pox, Dedicated to Sir Hans Sloane. Price 1 s. 6 d. All sold by G. Strathan in Cornhil, E. Midwinter in St. Paul's Church-yard, and at the Author's House before-mentioned.

This Day is published,

For the Use of Families, beautifully printed in Two Vols, 8vo. adorn'd with 34 Plates, Engraven by Mr. STURT.

DUPIN's EVANGELICAL HISTORY: Or, the Records of the SON of GOD, and their Veraity demonstrated, in the Life and Acts of our Bessed Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Apostles Wherein 1. The Life of our blessed Saviour Jesus Christ is related in all its Circumstances, according to the Order of Time, in a pathetick and practical Method, thereby composing a perfect Harmony of the Gospels. 2. Proofs from his Sermons and Discourses of these Essential and Important Truths, which all Christians are obliged to know and practice, in order to their Eternal Salvation. 3. His Parables, Miracles, and Sufferings, set in a just Light, and defended from all the Oppositions of wicked and designing Men. 4. An Application of the Whole to the respective Uses of Christians, with regular Devotions conformable to the several Periods of the Holy History; and Directions how he may read the Life of Jesus Christ to Advantage.

Printed for R. Ware, at the Bible and in Amen-Corn near Pater-Noster-Row. Price 8 s.

Also may be had, lately published at the same Place.

1. The large House-Bibles, Folio, with the six Maps of sacred Geography, and a brief Concordance for the more easy finding out of the Places therein contained. By J. Downame, B. D.

Bound in Calf Leather 1l. 8 s. per Book.

And with Mr. Sturt's Cuts at 2 l. 5 s. ditto,

On a fine Paper with Cuts 3 l. 3 s. ditto,

2. A Treatise of Architecture, with Remarks and Observations, by that excellent Master thereof, Sebastian le Clerc, Knight of the Empire, Designer and Engraver to the Cabinet of the late French King, and Member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences; necessary to young People who would apply to that noble Art. Engraved in 200 Copper Plates, by John Sturt. Translated by Mr. Chambers, Price 10 s. 6 d.

3. A Description of 300 Animals, viz Beasts, Birds Fishes, Serpents and Insects. With a particular Account o the Whale Fishery. Extracted out of the best Authors, an, adapted to the Use of all Capacities, especially to allure Children to read. Illustrated with Copper Plates, whereon is curiously engraven every Beast, Bird, Fish, Serpent and Insect described in the whole Book, Price 2 s. 6 d.

4. TRADESMAN'S GUIDE. Containing a List of all the Stage Coaches and Carriers; with an Account of all the Fairs and Market Towns in England. Price 1 s.

Dr. R. NELSON, being well known to have made the Cure of SEMINAL and GENITAL Imbecilities his chief Study and Practice for above 30 Years, does recommend his most Noble Cleansing and Strengthning Elixir, which Thousands of People (many of them of high Rank) have happily experienced, and is by Numbers of Physicians and Surgeons approv'd, as the only BALSAMICK HEALING and RESTORING Medicine to be depended upon, in the World,

For GLEETS and WEAKNESSES,

The Bane of Virility or Manhood, in the one Sex, and Destroyer of Fertility or the Bearing of Children in the other, whether from ill cur'd Venereal Infections (than which nothing is more common) or from inordinate Coltion, or Self-Pollution (that cursed School Wickedness, which spoils all our Youth, by nipping their Man hood in the Bud) or from involuntary Emissions a nights in the Sleep, or in the Day time, upon Stool, or with the Urine; or from Falls, Blows, Strains, Wrenches, or the like, which drain and dry up the Seminals, and wither, as it were, the Generative Faculties, causing Impotency in Men, the Fluor Albus, or Barrenness in Women (or but a weakly, sickly Offspring if any); and in the long Run (by impoverishing the Blood and Spirits) Melancholly, Vapours, Decays of Nature and Consumptions.

No Medicine can be more pleasant to take, nor any Thing upon Earth more effectual for the Purpose; for let the Imbecility be ever so great, or of ever so long standing, and be either in the Parts, Spermatick Vessels, or Back, with Pain or without, it certainly Cures, by reviving and enriching the Blood and Spirits, comforting, nourishing, and replenishing the Reins and Seminals, and strengthening, and restoring the Genital Parts in both Sexes, how much soever weakned, rendered cold, or deadned, and bringing them to their natural Force, Warmth, and Vigour, by thickening and fertilizing the Seed, which before was thin, waterish, or yellowish, and consequently insufficient, either for Procreation or the Act of it.

All Disorders of the Urine, as Difficulty in the making or retaining it, or its dribbling away hot orsmarting, or foul, slimy, thready, greasy, or stinking, whether from Gravel, Stone, Strangury or a Venereal Cause, are likewise speedily cured by it, and the Water made to be held as strongly, and yet brought away as freely, easily, full stream'd, and clear as ever.

These are the real Vertues of this great Medicine, which could all who stand in need of it, (but have not yet tried it) be made as sensible of, as those Numbers of People are, who have tried it, they would gladly, and quickly too, have recourse to it.

Price 5 s. a Bottle. Prepared by the abovesaid Author and sold only (sealed up with Directions how to take it and how to discover whether the Gleet or Weakness be Venereal or not) at Mr. ISTED's, a Bookseller, at the Golden Ball, between St. Dunstan's Church and Chancery-Lane End in Fleet-Street, asking only for a 5 s, Bottle of Elixir.