Memoirs of James Hardy Vaux, written by himself. [Ed. by B. Field. Followed by] A new vocabulary of the flash language

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Page 197 - PM (which are the fashionable hours for shopping) in visiting the shops of jewellers, watchmakers, pawnbrokers, &c. Having conceived hopes that this species of robbery would turn to a good account, and depending upon my own address and appearance, I determined to make a circuit of the town, and not to omit a single shop in either of those branches; and this scheme I actually executed so fully, that I believe I did not leave ten untried in all London, for I made a point of commencing every day in...
Page 97 - In order to amuse my mind during this solitary week, 1 climbed up to the grated aperture over the door of my cell, and listened to the conversation of the neighbouring prisoners, who were also confined for re-examination : and from their discourse I acquired a more extensive knowledge of the various modes of fraud and robbery, which I now found were reduced to a regular system, than I should have done in seven years, had I continued at large.
Page 261 - Every morning, at seven o'clock, all the convicts capable of work, or, in fact, all who are capable of getting into the boats, are taken ashore to the Warren, in which the royal arsenal and other public buildings are situated, and are there employed at various kinds of labour, some of them very fatiguing ; and while so employed, each gang of sixteen or twenty men, is watched and directed by a fellow called a guard.
Page 98 - I was struck with the fallacious notions entertained by the projectors of this prison, which was reputed to be upon the plan of the benevolent and immortal Howard, who had recommended the confinement of offenders in separate cells, in order to prevent the effects of evil communication among persons who had not all attained an equal degree of depravity. This object, however, was not effected here ; for, being within hearing of each other, they could, by sitting up over the door as I have described,...
Page 15 - I ventured a few trifling bets at first with various success ; but at length an opportunity offering, which I considered as next to a certainty, I laid the odds to a large amount, flattering myself that, by this stroke of judgment, I should be enabled to figure away with increased eclat among my gay companions. After I had so done, greater odds were still vociferated ; but in a moment the scene was changed ! the fallen cock, in the agonies of death, made a desperate effort, and, rising for a moment,...
Page 197 - HAVING withdrawn myself from my late companions, I now became very circumspect in my proceedings ; and as Bromley had neither the appearance nor the manners of a gentleman, I only made use of him occasionally in the course of my practice, keeping him in the background to receive and carry any articles which I purloined, and never suffering him to converse with or approach me except in private. I generally spent the mornings, that is, from about one o'clock to five !-. M.
Page 220 - I come to the most fatal era of my eventful life. In the same ward with myself were confined two brothers, very genteel young men, who had been recently cast for death for privately stealing some valuable rings, &c. from the shop of a jeweller in Leadenhall street. As a conformity of character, or similarity of pursuits, is the strongest source of friendship, so thsse persons and myself had become very intimately acquainted.
Page 17 - ... place in a few days, Mr Parker giving me a great deal of wholesome advice at parting ; observing, that although it was not in his power to charge me with any direct criminality, my inconsiderate behaviour, and the continued excesses of my conduct, left but too much room for unfavourable conjectures. Behold me now returned to my grandfather, after an absence of nearly five months ; and this excursion may be called my first entrance into life. I could not help blushing at the consciousness of my...
Page 224 - I could in a moment have released and replaced them on the counter, had an inquiry being made for them. I then looked at my watch, and observing that I was going to the theatre, told Mr Bilger that I would not trouble him any further, as the articles before me were too tawdry and common to' please me, but that I would put the card of draughts in my pocket-book, and if I did not meet with a ring of the kind I wanted before Monday or Tuesday, I would certainly call again and give him final directions....
Page 23 - I quitted the station of a weekly clerk, and obtained writings to copy by the sheet from the law-stationers, by which I could earn considerably more money ; and in this employment I continued to labour diligently for several hours every day, and sometimes half the night. " When I had a mind to relax from this occupation, and particularly if my finances were at a low ebb, I frequently resorted to the Blue Lion, in Gray's Inn Lane, a house noted for selling fine ale, and crowded every night by a motley...

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