Reflecting Badly

A True ACCOUNT of the BEHAVIOUR, CONFESSION AND Laſt Dying SPEECHES Of the Criminals that were Executed at TYBURN, On Friday the 9th September, 1692.[1]

Francis Turner, for Picking the Pock of one Philip Deaves. Aged 23 Years. He was Apprentice to a Sope-boyler in Worceſterſtire. He was a Soldier in London-Derry ; afterward he betook himself to poliſh Looking-glaſſes : But growing idle, he fell into the Sins of Exceſſive Drinking, and the unlawful Love of Women ; for which he ſaid, that he now repents.

The Tyburn Tree, c.1696.

11th January 1717.
William North and John Neal, of St. Martin’s in the Fields, were indicted for feloniouſly ſtealing 18 unwrought Looking-Glaſſes, value 50 s. the Property of John Grumby

28th February 1722.
Thomas Justus of St. Giles in the Fields, was indicted for breaking and entering the Dwelling House of Edward Davis, and taking from thence 3 rough Looking Glass Plates, value 52 s. the Goods of John Martin and John Flower, on the 23d of Jan. last, in the Night. John King depos’d, that he rented a Celler in Davis’s House. About 4 in the Morning the Watch call’d him up, and told him he was rob’d, and the Thieves taken.   William Grove, Watchman, depos’d, that he saw the prisoner with 2 Glasses on his Shoulder, and Webster with one, near Clerkenwel. Webster then own’d the Fact, but is since dead. The prisoner said Webster hir’d him to carry ’em. He brought several Persons to his Reputation. The Jury acquitted him.

15th October 1735.
George Hambleton, was indicted for ſtealing a Looking Glaſs, value 10 s. the Goods of   Thomas Clear, October 4. Guilty. (Transported)

7th September 1737.
John Davis, of St. Clement Eastcheap, was indicted for stealing 8lbs. of Quicksilver [used in the silvering of looking glasses], val. 6 l. 10s, 12 lbs. of Rhubarb, value 20 l.

Thomas Rowlandson, The Old Bailey, c.1794.

Jack Plane


About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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