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

23rd October 1721

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25th August 1721

Before his Death, he express'd a Chearfulness and Alacrity at leaving the World, said, he had an assured Hope that his Peace was made with God, and received the Holy Sacrament the Morning before Execution, with great Reverence and Devotion.

2. RICHARD JAMES< no role > ) was condemn'd for Assaulting Collet Mawhood< no role > on the 28th of August last , about Five o'Clock in the Afteroon, by Hanwell-Heath , and taking from him a Ring and 10 s. in Money.

This Prisoner was about 30 Years of Age, Born near St. Anne's Westminster , was Son to a Nobleman's Cook, who left him very young, and about 12 he went to Sea ; he said also, that being in Jamaica , he and many others were taken Prisoners by the Spaniards; but a Housepainter taking a liking to him, instructed him in his Trade when they arriv'd in New-Spain . He said, he liv'd very well with this Spaniard, but longing to see the Place of his Birth, and to talk his own Language, he return'd to England ; and about 17 Years of Age he married, his Wife being much younger; by which, the Friends of them both being anger'd, the Wife was turn'd out from her Fathers, and he oblig'd to go again to Sea, where he continu'd three Years, including (he said) the time that he continued Prisoner in the Hands of some Pirates; adding, that they set him on Shore destitute on the Coast of America, that he travelled to Boston in New-England , from thence to Maryland : But returning after three Years into England, he found his Wife had married again, having had Intelligence that her Husband was Dead in America; he said, he could not perswade her to leave her second Husband, because she had a Child or two by him; he added that he himself also liv'd in the same Adultery; being led into it by the Accidental Loss of his rightful Wife.

He freely confest the Fact; said he well deserv'd to die; and added, that if he was under Tyburn , it would be no concern or uneasiness to him, for those of his Profession never were alarm'd at the Sight of Death.

He said that he was much concern'd at the cruel way he had of using People he robb'd, especially the Waggon which goes from the Bell-Inn in Warwick-Lane , to Chiner in Tame , in Oxfordshire , which he, and Nat. Hawes< no role > and Rich. Jones< no role > , stop'd by the Lord Portland's Park-Wall, beyond Uxbridge ; in which Waggon was one Man and three Women, besides the Waggoner, J. March. Also he mention'd the robbing a Gentleman and Lady in a Chaise, on the 25th of Aug. last beyond Acton ; for the Gentleman having by entreaty got Hawes to restore him a Ring he valu'd; this Malefactor rode back and swore he would shoot him thro' the Head if he gave him not the Ring a second time; and being also very angry with his Comrade, for giving the Travellers 2 s. to cross the Water withal. He said also, that being at an Inn at Harrow on the Hill , two Ladies and their Footman call'd in, being travelling to Mortlock a cross the Country; that a Mile on this side Oxford Road , he and his Companions attack'd them; that among the things which they took from the Travellers, they desir'd nothing again but a Whip, which this Prisoner would not grant them; but some Snuff which a Lady beg'd out of a silver Box they gave her in a Paper.

He said, that in August last, to his present great Sorrow, he committed eight Robberies, or more, viz. Two Men on Horse-back, on Finchley Common , at Nine o'Clock in the Evening, some Gentlemen, &c. going for Mortlock: A Man and a Woman behind him, near Tatnam Turnpike

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