Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 20 January 2019), September 1756, trial of William Cannyent William Cannyent (t17560915-15).

William Cannyent, William Cannyent, Killing > murder, 15th September 1756.

338. William Cannyent was indicted for the wilful murder of Dorothy his wife ; for that he feloniously, wickedly, and of malice afore thought, with a certain pair of scissars, made of iron and steel, value one penny, which he had and held in his right hand, her, the said Dorothy, did assault, stick and stab, giving her one mortal wound on her neck, near her left ear, breadth one inch, and depth three inches and half, of which wound she did instantly die . He stood charged likewise on the coroner's inquest for the said murder, July 20 .

To which he pleaded guilty . Death .

When he received sentence of death, being overwhelmed with grief and tears, and not able to speak much, he delivered into court a paper, which was read to this purport:

'' My Lord, I am the unhappy perpetrator of that '' most horrid and unparallel'd crime of which I '' stand charged; and as I have nothing to sue for '' but the mercy of God to my poor soul, I will give '' this honourable court no farther trouble: But as '' a penitent, sensible of my horrid guilt, I earnestly '' beg the prayers of all good christians; that God '' through his infinite mercy, and through the intercession '' of our blessed Saviour and Redeemer Jesus '' Christ, may blot out this stain of shedding innocent '' blood; and as the motives which induced '' me to do the wicked act will not appear here, '' as I do now acknowledge my guilt, in order that '' the publick may be fully satisfied of the same, I '' have delivered under my own hand writing, a '' just and full account of the whole progress of that '' sad and fatal transaction, from the beginning to '' its final and fatal end: To be published by Mrs. '' Walker the publisher, the morning after I am no '' more in this transitory world: In hopes the same '' will be a warning to all others, to avoid the steps '' that led me to it; and God of his infinite mercy '' I hope will have mercy on me.''