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<p>Which began on Monday the 17th of this Instant January, and ended on Tuesday the 18th following.</p>
<p>Giving an Account of most of the Remarkable Trials there, viz. For Murder, Fellonies and Burglaries, &c. with a particular Relation of their Names, and the places of their committing their Facts, with the number of those Condemned to die, Burn'd in the Hand, Transported and to be whipt.</p>
<p>But more particularly of the Trial and Gondemnation of
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<p>THe first we shall here give you an Account of, was one
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<interp inst="u16810117-6-victim34" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , Nephew to a person of Quality, the manner thus, the deceased in the Company of several others, being upon the Ramble on the 10th past, about one of the Clock at night, went into Whetstones Park, where
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