The Criminal Recorder: Or, Biographical Sketches of Notorious Public Characters, Including Murderers, Traitors, Pirates, Mutineers, Incendiaries ... and Other Noted Persons who Have Suffered the Sentence of the Law for Criminal Offenses ; Embracing a Variety of Curious and Singular Cases, Anecdotes, &c, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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R. Dowson, 1815 - Crime
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Page 216 - I have but one request to ask, at my departure from this world; it is the charity of its silence. Let no man write my epitaph; for, as no man who knows my motives dare now vindicate them, let not prejudice or ignorance asperse them.
Page 109 - I have heard, my lord, the indictment read, wherein I find myself charged with the highest crime, with an enormity I am altogether incapable of ; a fact, to the commission of which there goes far more insensibility of heart, more profligacy of morals, than ever fell to my lot...
Page 111 - The place of their depositum, too, claims much more attention than is commonly bestowed upon it ; for of all places in the world, none could have mentioned any one wherein there was greater certainty of finding human bones than a hermitage, except he should point out a churchyard ; hermitages, in time past, being not only places of religious retirement, but of burial too...
Page 74 - ... be taken to the place from whence you came, and from thence you are to be drawn on hurdles, to the place of execution,. where you are to be hanged by the neck, but not until you are dead...
Page 112 - ... 1. The bones, as was supposed, of the Saxon, St. Dubritius, were discovered buried in his cell at Guy's Cliff near Warwick, as appears from the authority of Sir William Dugdale. 2. The bones, thought to be those of the anchoress...
Page 113 - Another particular seems not to claim a little of your lordship's notice, and that of the gentlemen of the jury; which is, that perhaps no example occurs of more than one skeleton being found in one cell : and in the cell in question was found but one ; agreeable, in this, to the peculiarity of every other known cell in Britain. Not the invention of one skeleton, but of two, would have appeared suspicious and uncommon. But it seems another skeleton has been discovered by some labourer, which was...
Page 311 - I begged to have the liberty to listen at the door where he died, I was not allowed it. My keys were taken from me; my shoe-buckles and garters too to prevent me from making away with myself, as though I was the most abandoned creature.
Page 215 - I shall not forbear to vindicate my character and motives from your aspersions ; and, as a man to whom fame is dearer than life, I will make the last use of that life in doing justice to that reputation which is to live after me, and which is the only legacy I can leave to those I honor and love, and for whom I am proud to perish.
Page 109 - My lord," began Aram, in that remarkable defence still extant, and still considered as wholly unequalled from the lips of one defending his own cause ; my lord, I know not whether it is of right, or through some indulgence of your lordship, that I am allowed the liberty, at this bar, and at this time, to attempt a defence ; incapable and uninstructed as I am to speak. Since, while I see BO many eyes upon me.
Page 214 - French in the dignity of freedom, 1 would have expired on the threshold of that country, and they should have entered it only by passing over my lifeless corpse. Is it, then, to be supposed, that I would be slow to make the same sacrifice to my native land ? Am I, who...

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