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should be seen upon the Floor; there being no Evidence against him, he must hare been acquitted, had not the Hand of Heaven interposed, and be been judicially infatuated.

The Murder had been perpetrated on Monday in

!he Dusk of the Evening, and he was not appretended till the Wtdtusday Morning; he had therefore sufficient Time to have made away with every thing that could have contributed toward* discovering his Guilt; but so much was he blinded by >'rovidence, that he had not the Power in all that Interval, to destroy the small Cords wherewith he had strangled the poor Woman, se that they were taken out of his Pocket, after his being seized; and being bloody, with some Hairi sticking thereon, and exactly answering to the Mark about her Neck, they were of themselves sussicient to condemn him: Whereupon then, and not till then, he acknowledged himself guilty, and signed his Confession ; having before persisted obstinately in maintaining his Innocence.

At the fame Time that this poor Wretch, who appeared to be quite stupisied, was executed foe this heinous Crime, one of the Foot Guards also suffered, for the barbarous Murder of his own Mother, whom, on some flight Provocation, perhaps for not supplying him with Liquor, when he had drank too much besore, he cruelly shot through the Head, as she lay in her Bed. He seemed indeed very penitent, for so unnatural a Villainy, but all his Repentance, however sincere, could not recal to Lise that unfortunate Creature, whom he had precipitately sent out of the World, it may be in her Sins, and in Her Blood; a Circumstance, which, if seriously reflected on, must grievously imbitter his last Moments, and more than double the Horrors of Death. Such are the dreadsul fruits of the Jr«ach of the Sixth, Commandment, '-is M even

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the Care of which he w is intrusted as Mite, and to mur'erthe Master, and rum Pyn.te. And foment, was he on this Wickedness, that aith ugh the prior Man, who had been particularly civil to hm, oa perceiving their Deligf, escaped from them, an£ ran up into the Foretop, from whence he pleaded hard with them all, and with lhe Mate especially-, tosi.ve his Lise, promising in that case not to b.urf any of them for the Robbery; yet was he nothing moved with his Prayers and Intreaties,. and searinc lest the others should, was impatient till he was pul7 led down and butchered. But he did not long enjoy the Fruits of his Villainy, being soon appre,hended abroad, and sent over to sufser condign Punishment, 4{ he did accordingly at ExtuithnDock,

At the fame Time and Place, two other Wretches iwho had barbarously murdered their. Captain, while sleeping in his Cabbin, were likewise brought to Justice, and that very providentially; for a young JL,ad who waited on the Captain, having exposluJatfld wjth th^em on account of'their Inhuroanitit, (they were going to serve nirri in the fame'M innes, but the^oytajting 10 h'S H.eels,.ran to the Ship ;Side, and leaped overboard,: and swam for his Life,: vHwupon- one of them dusted a sharp Knise at .hjin> but happily missed him. , The Miscreants well .knowing if hei gpt fase tp any other Ship, they r-should( be apprehenejed, and-punished for their;,VilJany, pursued him, in the Boat.; but so good'j/ie ;d'd the Lad make of the Start he had of them, and so well was,he assisted by. Heayen,i that he escaped .from them; and acquainting the,flusters of forge y*>ther English- Vessels, that lay at some Distance :from thence, w.jth_ thp Tragedy, they were soon fcI cured, and sent home to be made Examples.

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tiers both by Birth and in Iniquity, not content

M 2 with with Murder alone, must make their Diversion of what is most abhorrent to Human Nature, and sporiwith 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 hit Horse: After which, not being fatissied with this 'Barbarity, they assaulted a young Man, about nineteen, and robbed and murdered him in the fame Manner. They then thought themselves secure there not being any Witness, as they thought, to this Tragedy; notwithstanding which, they were soon after apprehended,-the Murders sixed upon them, and deservedly executed. '.•i '.'

As to Sailors however, theirbejfig guilty of Acts of Barbarity, is not so much to be wonJertd at; the Education of such as are bred to the Sea, the Boisterousi ess of the Element whereon they arc converfant, the little Time and Opportunity they have for the Improvement of their Faculties by reading, or religious Worship,;.! concurring to inspire them with a Roughness pecuiiar to that Set of Men, which is but too apt to degenerate into a favage Cast of -Mind ; and as to such as generaily infest the Roads, and rob upon the Highway, their own Sasety, joined with their vicious Inclinations, must be a great Inducement to them, to murder thofe whom they rob; and if they are at all of a Cowardly Temper, and apprehensive of being discovered, they certainly will co so: But when such as have had the Advantage of a better Instruction, and a mtire civilized Converfation, so far divest themielves of

'all Humanity, as to shed the Blood of a Fe lowCreature deliberately, it must strike every one with

'the utmost Astonishment and Horror; and yet hoW many surprizing Instances have we hid of such Barbarity of late Years? Sa greatly are Mankind degenerated from their origin A Purity, and so very

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Of this we had a melancholy and /hocking Example in Gil Smith; an unfortunate Wretch, wh» having been bred an Apothecary, may be reasonably suppofed to have had a tolerable Education, and to have been well instructed in his Duty; notwithstanding which, so far did he give Way to the Temptations 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 his Extravagance, and spend upon his Lusts, he decoyed his poor Wise, an agreeable and deserving young Woman, into St. George's fields, late at Night, and there barbarously butchered her; fondly presuming, that because there was no Witness thereto, he should escape Punishment. But he found himself miserably deceived, for he was apprehended soon after, and the Murder si«ed upon him to a Demonstration by several concurring Circumstances; so that, notwithstanding he obstinately persisted in denying his Guilt, and avouching his Innovence to the last, the Jury were sui'y convinced, and he justly condemned and executed ; dying unpitted, unlamciv.td, and universally abhorred by every one.

Thus we may sind evidently, however secret the Murderer may be in perpetrating that horrid Offence, the All-seeing Eye of Heaven, which watches all our Steps and Motions, will infallibly trace him our, and bring him to Justice: And of this we had another remsrkab'e Instance, much about the fame Time, in the Pcr'on of the Foctman, Gtorgi Price, an unhappy Wruch, who being also guilty < f the fame abominable and deiellable Fact, wa» likewise discovered, and brought to condign Punishment, though he had taken all imaginable Precautions to secure himself. In order to this, having told that unfortunate Victim his poor Wile, that he had provided her an excellent Place in the Country, be decoyed her out of Town with him in a Chaise, M 5 . ••

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