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■ ne following obfervations made by a gentle. man that accidentally itepped into a public houfe near the Old Bailey, during the prefent feins, though fimilar to a colloquy between Lord Mansfeld and an officer of Eov-street, as mentioned in this paper fome time ago, as they are characteristic of what is called in the cant term feeing life, may not be unamufing to our readers. The friends of the perfon on trial, anxious for his fate, had employed accomplices to go to and from the Seffions houfe, merely to report to them the progrefs of the trial, and appearances favourable or unfavourable to the prifoner, as they might occur. The Art of these affirmed, that the profecu or buffed it home to him fo (that is, swore so hard) that he would be weighed in the city scales, viz. hanged from the new drop; or, it would be a dead leg, viz. tranfportation for life. The fecond reported that things did not go on fo rumly with him as at firft, for the Counsel had gammoned for him, and so bothered, viz. cross-examined the witneffes, that one of them had poxed him. felf, viz. was perjured, and would stand the floop, and fee company, viz. be pillored. The third report was ftill more favourable, mentioning that his fentence at moft would now be the grill, viz. burned in the hand, or teized and fhove the tumbler, viz. whipped at the cart's tail. However, the arrival of another quieted all their apprehenfions by affuring them that he had now pattered the bench, and would be immediately turned up that is, he had made fo good a defence, as to obtain his acquittal, and immediate difcharge; which happened accordingly.


Gazetteer & New Carly advertzen Dec 17-1788

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