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

4th February 1736

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31st December 1735

Burton Brace< no role > , was indicted (with James Watkins< no role > , not yet taken) for assaulting Peter Bardin< no role > on the Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him Five Shillings and Six-pence, December 3 d.

3. Burton Brace< no role > , 21 Years of Age and ards, born of honest reputable Parits in Town, who gave him good Education at School, in Reading , Writing, Arithmetick, and what was needful to fit him for Business; and instructed him in the Christian Religion When of Age, he was put out to a Vintner by Temple-Bar , serv'd his Time honestly, and to the Satisfaction of his Master. While he was Apprentice, he was favour'd by every Body, but contracted too much Acquaintance, and a Habit of Company-keeping with idle People, which, when he came to have his Freedom, prov'd his Ruin: For then he got into Company with some young Men, who were not willing to follow the industrious Way they were bred to, particularly one James Watkins< no role > ; but resolv'd to have Money at any Rate, though to the imminent and almost inevitable Danger of their Necks.

He confess'd the robbing Mr. Bardin, by Hemmings's-Row , as sworn against him, only he alledg'd, that it was Watkins, and not he who wore the lac'd Hat at the Time of the Robbery, and who first attack'd the Coach, and that he had the Pistol under his Arm, not in his Pocket, when he was apprehended; but these Circumstances were not material, and no ways diminish'd his Crime. Excepting this Robbery, he was always honest, and never robb'd, stole, nor did any Harm to any Body before. He was enter'd Midshipman in an East-India-man, and if he had not been taken up, he intended to go to Gravesend to the Ship in two or three Days. He was ruin'd by the Company and Advice of bad Women, to which he was very addicted, and to supply whom he ventur'd upon the desperate Resolution, of robbing in the Streets of the City.

He behav'd very well; attended constantly in Chapel, and wept often. The Afternoon before he died, he wept very much in Chapel, as did also the other two. He declar'd that he hop'd for Salvation, through the Mercy of God in Christ; that he sincerely repented of all his Sins, and died in perfect Peace with all Men.

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