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

23rd October 1721

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9th September 1721

Randolph Walstead< no role > , and Others; which, together with the Robberies which he committed in Company with Philip Storey< no role > , made ten several Indictments for so many several Robberies.

He was about 24 Years Old, Born in London . He was from the first very desirous of being inform'd in the Way to Heaven, having, he said, no Expectations of Life, or of any Reprieve. He also said, that he was not of any Business, but went a Voyage to the East-Indies and China , as Servant to one in the Ship, and there stay'd four Months, till the Vessel was loaded with the Commodities of that Country; adding, that he acquired by the Voyage above fourscore Pounds: But after his Return to England , his Effects being soon expended, he took to vicious Courses; though his Mother some Times told him, she fear'd he lived Dishonestly, and beg'd him not think of subsisting on the Ruins and Spoils of innocent People, for it would terminate in Misery and Destruction.

He also said, that when he was in New-Prison , he had Dreams that secur'd to foretel his Fatal End, and yet continu'd his Ill Actions, giving a Relation of his repeated Robberies, too numerous here to recount: But he hop'd, he said, that no Sins were too great for God's Mercies, that he rely'd wholly on the Merits and Sufferings of Christ his Saviour for the Pardon of his many Crimes; that he flung himself on the Mercies of God, and hoped he sholud find Remission with Mary Magdalen and the penitent Thief on the Cross.

5. WILLIAM COURTENEY< no role > ) of St. Giles in the Fields was condemn'd for breaking the House of James Fillet< no role > , in the Night-Time, and stealing four Ounces of Gold Dust, a Silver Chain, &c. on the 9th of September last .

This Prisoner was also about 24 Years of Age, but very Illiterate and Ignorant; yet seemingly, and to Appearance, he was Penitent, according to his Capacity, and received the Holy Sacrament with the others.

They all went to the Place of Execution in a very devout and supplicant Manner: At Tyburn they were earnest in their Exclamations to God for the Pardon of their Sins; all of them confessing the Facts for which they died. Philip Storey< no role > said that one Christian Leonard< no role > This name instance is in set 505. , his Accomplice, was worse than he. John Dykes< no role > said, tho' he confess'd the Robbery, he deny'd that he took the Crown of the Prosecutor's Pocket or knew of it. Will. Courteney< no role > confest not that he knew were J. Buxon his former Comrade was. They all denyed that they knew any thing of the Murther of Capt. Hedges.

T. PURNEY, Ordinary. and Chaplain.


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LONDON : Printed and Sold by JOHN APPLEBEE< no role > , a little below Bridewell-Bridge , in Black-Fryers .

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