James How, Theft > theft from a specified place, 28th August 1728.

Reference Number: t17280828-46
Offence: Theft > theft from a specified place
Verdict: Guilty > pleaded guilty
Punishment: Death
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James How , alias Harris , was indicted for feloniously stealing Goods to the Value of 5 l. out of the House of John Spencer ; to which Indictment he refused to plead, pretending he expected to be admitted as an Evidence, but his Crimes were too notorious for that Liberty to he admitted him, yet the Court not willing immediately to order him to the Punishment which the Law directs on such Occasions, ordered the Sentence should be read to him, and indulg'd him with Time to consider of it; the Preamble is as followeth:

That the Prisoner shall be sent to the Prison from whence be came, and put into a mean House stopp'd from Light, and there shall be laid upon the bare Ground, without any Litter, Straw, or other Covering, and without any Garment about him, saving something to cover his Privy Members, and that he shall lie upon his Back, and his Face

shall be covered and his Feet bare, and that one of his Arms shall be drawn with a Cord to one side of the House, and the other Arm to the other side, and that his Legs shall be used, in the same Manner; and that upon his Body shall be laid so much Iron and Stone as he can bear, and more; and that the first Day after be shall have three Morsels of Barley Bread, without any Drink, and the second Day he shall drink so much as he can three Times, of the Water which is next the Prison Door, saving running Water, without any Bread, and this shall be his Diet until be dies.

The next Morning he considered of the ill Consequence which would attend his Obstinacy, and pleaded Guilty to the Indictment .

[Death. See summary.]

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