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

12th February 1728

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4th January 1728

George Weedon< no role > , 22 Years of Age, born of honest Parents, who gave him good Education, instructing him in Christian Principles, in Reading, Writing, and other things to fit him for Business in the World. When of Age, his Mother bound him Apprentice to a Book-binder , but before his Time was out, upon some Miscarriages, he left his Master. He staid at Home for some Time and behav'd indifferently well, but haunting Gin shops in a certain Place of the Town, he said they prov'd his Ruin. For there it was he contracted Acquaintance with Sherwood, Hughs, and such others who advis'd him to those vile Courses, which brought his fatal Misfortunes upon him. He particularly nam'd Sherwood to have induc'd him, by his wicked Persuasions, to engage in those desperate Courser, which brought 'em all to a miserable End. He lamented his having sinn'd so much against Light, and good Instructions he had receiv'd in his younger Years, declaring that his Sin was double to that of others, who had not the like Opportunities of Improvement, having for Seven Years gone constantly and regularly to Church on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. He said that it was to supply an infamous Woman with Money, that he undertook the breaking of Houses and Street-Robberies. In the preceeding part of his Life he had not been so profoundly Wicked, as most of these unhappy People are, although he had not been free from Whoring, and sometimes drinking to Excess. He declar'd that he had never stoll'n any Thing, excepting that when young, sometimes he had taken an Apple or some such Fruit, till a few Days before he was apprehended, when Sherwood, alias Hobbs, persuaded him to leave his Mother's House, and take Lodgings with him and the rest of the Gang, in that infamous Woman's House: During the time he lodg'd there, he confess'd that he had committed some Robberies, but that he was not present when one of the Facts of which he was Convicted, was committed, but that that Night he was at Home in his Mother's House, and in this Respect Sarah Payn< no role > sworn falsely against him; the other two Robberies he did not deny. He appear'd to have some good Inclinations in him, and to have more Civility than the other two. He was always very devout and careful in Chappel, and after the Dead-Warrant came out, he appear'd more serious than ordinary, in time of Worship and Exhortations retiring to a Place by himself. Although some Interest was us'd for saving his Life, yet he never slacken'd his Preparations for Death. He declar'd himself a true Penitent for all the Sins of his Life, particularly that heinous One for which he suffer'd, that he believ'd to be saved only thro' the Merits of Jesus Christ, and that he Died in Peace with all the World.

John Hughs< no role > , as he said, 23 Years of Age, descended of honest Parents, who put him to School, instructed him in the Principles of Christianity, and taught him to Read and Write: When of Age, he learn'd his Fathers Trade of a Shoemaker ; but not inclining to settle at Business, after he had spent sometime that way, he went to Sea , and was at Gibraltar , and on the Coast of Spain last Year, and the Proceeding. When he left the Ship and came to London , betook himself to his old Shifts of Picking and Stealing. He confess'd, that from his Childhood, he had been a constant Pick Pocket of Handkerchiefs and such little Things, but Watches he could never get at, for he said there was a particular Dexterity in that Species of Theft, and it was to be perform'd only in a great Croud, or on some special Opportunity. He had been a diligent Thief in all small Things he could Pick up, but never had engag'd to undertake considerable Robberies, till in Company at an Ale-House with Sherwood and Weedon, and a fourth Person not yet taken; they all engag'd in a Gang to Rob or Knock down such Persons as they met in Morefields , or other Places in the Town, and at other Times to break open Houses, and to divide the Spoil equally, and Feast and Carouze together in their common Lodgings, at their infamous Landladies House, whether they all resorted, and where within ten or twelve Days all taken. He said indeed, that it was not by the persuasion of Sherwood, as George Weedon< no role > did, but that they all voluntarily, and with common Consent agreed to Adventure upon these desperate Enterprizes. He declaring, that he sincerely repented of his Mispent Life, resolving to become a new Creature, if he had been spar'd; dying in the Faith of being Sav'd, only thro' the Merits of Christ, and in Peace with all Mankind.

Joseph Barret< no role > , of St. Giles's in the Fields , was Indicted for the Murder of his Son James Barret< no role > , Aged 11 Years, by flinging him down, and giving him a mortal Bruise on the Left-side of the Head, of which he instantly Died.

Joseph Barret< no role > , (as he said) Forty-two Years of Age, of honest, but poor Parents, who gave him little Education, for he could not Read much, and knew but little of Religious Principles. When of Age, he was not put to any particular Trade, but wrought at Husbandry , or any thing he could get to do in the Country. Afterwards he past some Years at Sea, in Station of a Marine , and when he came Home and Married, he serv'd as a Labourer to Plaisterers , and such Tradesmen. And said, that he always liv'd Soberly and work most Laboriously for his Family; that the Son, of whose Murder he was Convicted, was of a first Marriage, and turn'd most Extravagant in wicked Courses of any Boy of his Age; for some Weeks before he Died, staying out Night after Night, and sometimes coming Home in the greatest Disorder imaginable; adding that

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