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Thould be seen upon the Floor ; there being no Evidence againt him, he must have been acquitted, had not the Hand of Heaven interposed, and he been judicially infatuated..
The Murder had been perpetrated on Monday in the Dusk of the Evening, and he was not apprchended vill the Wednesday Morning; he had there. fore sufficient Time to have made away with every ching that could have contributed towards discovering his Guilt ; but so much was he blinded by t'rovidence, that he had not the Power in all that Interval, to destroy the small Cords wherewith he had Arangled the poor Woman, so that they were taken out of his Pocket, after his being seized ; and being bloody, with some Hairs sticking there. on, and exactly answering to the Mark about her Neck, they were of themselves sufficient to condenn him: Whereupon then, and not till then, he acknowledged himself guilty, and signed his Confession; having before perfifted obftinately io maiotaining his Innocence. : .
At ihe fame Time that this poor Wretch, who appeared to be quite ftupified, was executed for this beinous Crime, one of the Foot Guards also suffered, for the barbarous Murder of his owo Mother, whom, on some slight Provocarion, perhaps for not supplying him with Liquor, when he had drank too much before, he cruelly shot through che, lịcad, as the lay in her Bed. He seemed indeed very penisent for so unnatural a Villainy, but all his Repentance, however sincere, could not recal to Life chat unfortunare Crcacure, whom he had precipitacely sent out of the World, it may be in her Sins, and in ker "Blood ; a Circumstance, which, if ferionly reflected on, muft grievoudly imbitrer þis laft Moments, and more than double the Horrors of Death, Such are the dreadful Bruits of the Breach of the Sixth Commandmenc,
even in those who suffer the Law, and make the beft Atonemeni obey can for so horrid an Offence ! And what the Consequences must be in all others, we cremble to think on. . .. ... . ..
! Another barbarous Wrerch a: Coventry, who being out of Business, was charitably taken into a House, and kindly entertained by an ancient Woman his Relation, who lived retired cogether with her Neice, required all their Goodness by villagously murdering them, only because they had refused supplying him with Money, according to all his extravagaot Demands. So prevalent is the Devil on every trifing Occasion with some People, and so little Scruple do they make of frieuding innocent Blood! But when Divine Juftice overtakes them; which it never fails to do, and they are on the Point of suffering for their Wickedriers, s in how different. a Light do they fee Things, though it is, then too late ? . ..;-.;""wattise; rrot, sveniret
About the fame Time, another hardened Miftres ant, coming to a lone Alehouse in Sufex, took the Opportunity, whilft the Master was bufy in the Stable rubbing down and cleaning his Horfe,' to come upon him unawares, and cut his Throat from Ear to Ear, after which he butchered the poor Wo. man, 'who lay fick in Bell and then, to compleae che Tragedy, 'murdered the innoceat Servant Maid, and plundered the Houle : But Divine Vengeance foon overtook him, and he was apprenelided, como demned, and deservedly executed: Too mild a Pue nishment for lo barbarous and complicated a Vile" lainy ! Bat'what will nor che cursed Thürit' of 'Go!& témpt some Profligates to perpetrate : 3.495977
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Another in humafi Villain being impa Hurry to be rich; and determined to make his Potruneas any Rare, joined in têncert with Come of her Wierchas, as wicked as himsem fo run away with a'Ship, with *
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the Care, of which he wis intrufted as Mate, and to murler the Master, and turn Pyrate. And so, bent was he on this Wickedness, thai although the poor Man, who had been particularly civil, co him, co perceiving their Design, escaped from them, and ran up into the Forecop, from whence he pleaded bard with them all, and with the Mare especially, go save his Life, promising in that case not to hurt any of them for the Robbery ; yet was he nothing moved with his Prayers and Intreaties, a od fearing left the others should, was impatient till he was pulz led down and butchered. But he did not long enjoy the Fruits of his Villainy, being soon appre hended abroad, and sent over to suffer condign Punishment, as be jdid accordingly at Execution. Dock, ;? : ilin .
i' At the same Time and Place, two other Wretches who had barbarously murdered their, Captain, while Deeping in his Cabbin, were likewise brought to Justice, and that very providencially; for a young Lad who waised on the Captain, having expoftuzlated with them on account of their la humanity, they were going to serve him in the same Manner, but șhe, Boy, sakingo his Heels, ran to the Ship Side, and leaped overboard, and swąm for bis Life: Hereupon, one of them darted a sharp Knife at hin, but happily missed him. The Miscreants well knowing if he got safe to any other Ship, they Should be apprehended, and punished for their Vil. -lany, pursued him in the Boat; but so good use adid the Lad make of the Start he had of them, and so well was , he asffted by, Heaven, that he escaped from them; and acquainting the Masters of some other English: Vessels, that lay aç fome Distance from thence, with this Tragedy, they were soon le. cured, and sent home to be made Examples
Two other;Wretches of the same Stamp Bro. thers both by Birth and in Iniquity, not content
with Murder alone, must make their Diverfion of whar is most abhorrent to Human Nature, and sport with Misery ; accordingly, meeting with the Postboy near Lincoln, they stopped him, forced him to blow his Horn, and then, telling him it was his Death. Peal, cut both his Throat, and that of his Horse : After which, not being facisfied with this Barbarity, they assaulted a young Man, abour nine. teen, and robbed and murdered bim in the fame Manner. They then thought themselves secure, there not being any Wirness, as they thought, to This Tragedy; norwithstanding which, they were foon after apprehended, the Murders fixed upon them, and deservedly executed. I';; :
As to Sailors however, their being guilty of Acts of Barbarity, is not so much to be wondered at '; the Education of such as are bred to the Sea, the Boisterousness of che Element whereon they are corverfant, the littie Time and Opportunity they have for the Improvement of their Faculies by reading, or religious Worship, al concurring to inspire them with a Roughness peculiar to that Set of Men, which is but too apt to degenerate into a savage Caft of Mind; and as to such as generally infelt the Roads, and rob upon the Highway, their own Safety, join · cd with their vicious Inclinations, must be a great Inducement to them, tò murder those whom they rob; and if they are'at all of a cowardly Temper, and apprehensive' of being discovered, they certainly will go so : But when such as bave had the Advantage of a betier Instruction, and a more civia
lized Conversation, so far diveft themielves of dall Humanity, as to shed the Blood of a Fe low.
Crearure deliberately, it must tirike every one with the utmost Altonishment and Horror; and yet how many surprizing loftances have we had of such Barbarity of late Years? Sy greatly are Mankind
degenerated from their original Puricy, and so very • Trail are they when left to themselves!
· Of this we had a melancholy and Mocking Example in Gil Smith; an unfortunate Wretch, who having been bred an Apothecary, may be reasona bly supposed to have had a tolerable Education, and to have been well inftructed in his Dury; notwithttanding which, so far did he give Way to the Temptacions of the Devil, and his own wicked, Heart, that without any Remorse, and in cold Blood, on no other Account but to procure himself a Sum of Money to supply bis Extravagance, and fpend upon bis Lufts, ho decoyed his poor Wife, an agreeable and deserving young Woman, into St. George's Fields, late at Night, and there barbarously. barchered her ; fondly presuming, that because there was no Witness chereto, he should escape Punishment. But he found himself miserably decei. ved, for he was apprehended soon after, and the Murder fixed upon him to a Demonftration by se. veral concurring Circumstances; so chat, notwith: standing he obftinarely perfitted in denying his Guill, and avouching his Innocence to the last, the Jury were fully convinced, and he justly condemned and executed ; dying unpiiied, unlamen:ed, and univerfally abhorred by every one.
Thus we may find evidently, however secret the Murderer may be in perpetrating that horrid Of. fence, the All-leeing Eye of Heaven, which watch,
es all our Steps and Motions, will infallibly trace · him out, and bring him to Justice : And of this we
had another remarkable Infance, much about the fame Time, in the Person of the Footman, George Price, an unhappy Wretch, who being aiso guil. ty of the same abominable and decellable Fact, was likewise discovered, and brought to condign Pu. Áishment, though he had taken all imaginable Pre. cautions to secure himself. In order to this, having told that unfortuna:e Vi&im his poor Wile, chat he had provided her an excellent Place in the Country, he decoyed her out of Town with him in a Chaise,