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

8th July 1772

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1st July 1772

to carry on his business. I must leave the reader to make his own remarks.

His behaviour in general was decent, and he attended the service of the chapel constantly, until he was taken ill, which was a little before his execution, which at times deprived him of his senses. He hoped that God would have mercy on him, and he should die in peace and love with all mankind. He was 34 years of age*.

2. Joseph Allpress< no role > (with Joseph Guyant< no role > This name instance is in set 1428. ) was indicted for the same offence.

* see the Morning of Execution.

Joseph Allpress< no role > was born near St. Ives in Huntingdonshire of poor, but honest parents, who had him instructed in reading and writing, and when of age, he was put an apprentice to a country working smith ; which trade he followed as a journeyman: When he could not get any work at his own business, he used to be employed in draining of the fens, and in any kind of Husbandry for an honest livelihood.

Having an inclination to come nearer to London, he left the country and came to Edmonton last May was two years, where he was employed in different occupations. During his stay there, he worked at his trade with Joseph Guyant< no role > This name instance is in set 1428. , who first enticed him from the paths of honesty.

The first step that led him to his ruin was, he went with him a deer steeling, and his master supplied him with money, as he wanted it, without doing any work; which he could not tell the reason of, until he had opened his mind to him, which was to rob the church at Edmonton ; he at first was unwilling, but at last was persuaded, and did, with him, break into the church. Sometime after his master mentioned to him his intention of robbing the mail; that he should then have plenty of banknotes to pay his debts, and to carry on his business, and he would take care of him whilst he lived: To which he said, You know that I am no scholar, and I do not know what a bank-note is, for I never saw one in my life. But he made answer, That he would take care and get money for them, if he would go with him: He then was willing; and after his master had prepared an axe for the purpose of cutting the mailcart, he went with him and robbed the mail.

As there had been several robberies committed in Edmonton, he was asked, If he had ever been concerned in any of them? He declared, That he had not, or ever was concerned in any, but in those that he had mentioned. He owned that he and his master did one time go out with an intent to rob on the road, but they did not stop or rob any person, and then they went to their usual business of deer-stealing.

This was his general account whenever he was questioned, and I believe it may be credited, as he seemed to be a man more to be depended upon than his master; who more an once, since his confinement,

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