Ordinary of Newgate Prison:
Ordinary's Accounts: Biographies of Executed Convicts

23rd October 1721

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22nd October 1721

THE Ordinary of NEWGATE his ACCOUNT Of the Behaviour, Confessions, and Last Dying Words of the Malefactors that were Executed at Tyburn, on Monday the 23d of October 1721 .

AT the Sessions, which began at Justice-Hall in the Old-Bayly , on Wednesday the Eleventh of this Instant October 1721 . Five Men and one Woman were try'd, and by the Jury found Guilty of Capital Offences, viz. Richard James< no role > , John Dykes< no role > , William Courtney< no role > , John Trantum< no role > This name instance is in set 1209. , Philip Storey< no role > , and Ann Lloyd< no role > : But the Last being a Girl of about 7 Years of Age, and the Jury recommending her to the Mercy of the Court, She obtain'd His Majesty's most Gracious Reprieve.

During the Time which they lay under Sentence of Death, they constantly attended their Duty, twice each Day, in the Prison Chapel; except W. Courtney, who was visited with a severe Sickness, which must have ended his Life in a few Days, had not the Effects of his Vices put a quicker Period to it. These Prisoners in general Appear'd Devout and Serious; and perceiving their no dallying or trifling when Death was so near in View, they pursued their Devotions chearfully and earnestly; gave the closest Attention to the Word of God when explain'd on the Week Days; and seem'd to sit easy to this World, and to have fixt their Eyes on a higher and nobler Prospect. Their Friends furnish'd them all with the best Books of Devotion, to their Request, and Entreaty, as the Last and most charitable Benevolence they could afford 'em, before they left the Earth, to take possession of Eternity.

On Sunday Oct. 15 . I preach'd to them on the Nature of Justice and Injustice; The several different Degrees of Guilt; and how a Man may participate of an III Action without being immediately concern'd in the Commission of the Fact, &c. And,

On Sunday Oct. 22 . I preach'd to them from the following Text of Scripture,

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