Con Men and Cutpurses: Scenes from the Hogarthian Underworld (Penguin Classics)

A captivating anthology of 18th-century writings that offers a desirable perception into the dreadful misdeeds of - and the terrible punishments meeted out to - an array of rogues and criminals, from murderers and swindlers to prostitutes and pirates. Captured in memoirs, letters, ballads and court docket transcripts are essentially the most vibrant villains ever to take their final gasp on the hangman's noose, together with bold thief Jack Sheppherd, highwayman Dick Turpin and inventive pickpocket Jenny Diver. Taking us from the backstreets and brothels to Newgate criminal and the gallows at Tyburn, this anthology finds London's murky underworld in all its squalor and exuberance.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the top writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the easiest works all through background and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts more suitable by way of introductions and notes by way of exotic students and modern authors, in addition to up to date translations via award-winning translators.

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Henry Grutchman. I used to go to the general practitioner, and used to be at his apartment whilst the maid used to be lifeless, and either he and that i receiv’d very sick utilization from the neighbours. Thomas Braithwait. I went to the Doctor’s apartment and observed the stairs of the ladder, they weren't 3 foot perpendicular. I observed a whip which was once a truly moderate one, and a small stick, which the neighbours instructed me, the health practitioner us’d approximately his sufferers; they have been extreamly enrag’d opposed to him, acknowledged that he had close up the passage; that he was once a conjuring rogue, and handled the satan. Elizabeth Knighting specifically rail’d at him excessively. Joseph Reeves. i used to be previously below the misfortune of lunacy, the physician cur’d me efficiently, when you consider that which i've been conversant with him at his apartment, and that i by no means observed any factor misbecoming, nor did I ever pay attention the deceas’d make any criticism of in poor health utilization. Charles Deering. I heard John Deval exhibit himself very hotly and maliciously opposed to the health care professional, and complain’d of the preventing up the passage, which made them cross an effective way approximately. The prisoner call’d a number of others to his attractiveness, who gave him the nature of a delicate, well-temper’d guy, and mention’d numerous treatments that he had played. The jury stumbled on him to blame of manslaughter. Burnt within the Hand. SARAH MALCOLM Convicted of the murders of Lydia Duncombe, Elizabeth Harrison and Anne fee, and hanged in 1733 From St James’s night put up (February and March 1733) known as ‘A girl MacBeth in Low Life’, the 22-year-old Sarah Malcolm strangled Duncombe, her eighty-year-old former service provider; Harrison, Duncombe’s better half; and slit the throat of expense, their seventeen-year-old maid. Her case made the headlines simply because she so cold-bloodedly insisted on her innocence up till she used to be hanged, attesting in courtroom that the blood-stains on her shift (the major facts opposed to her) have been menstrual, no longer the results of this crime – even though the quantity of blood at the gown belied her declare. William Hogarth visited her at Newgate as she awaited execution, and sketched her for a well-liked engraving: ‘I see by way of this woman’s face that she is able to any wickedness. ’ She was once hanged at Mitre court docket, close to the scene of her crime, and her physique was once dissected by means of the Royal collage of Surgeons. the day before today got here on on the outdated Bailey, the trial of Sarah Malcolm, for the homicide of Mrs Duncombe, Elizabeth Harrison and Anne cost, within the Temple, and likewise for breaking open the chambers of Mrs Duncombe, and stealing numerous issues of significant price. the 1st facts was once her grasp Mr Carroll, who gave an account of his discovering plate and linen in a close-stool in his chambers, which she said to be her’s, pretending they have been taken out of pawn; upon which, and listening to of the homicide, he triggered her to be secured. Mrs Love, who used to be invited to dine with Mrs Duncombe at the Sunday, deposed, that the plate came across was once Mrs Duncombe’s. Roger Johnson, an apothecary, and a number of other witnesses have been tested, who corroborated the actual fact; and after an ordeal of approximately 5 hours, the jury introduced her in to blame.

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