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FEMALE ROBBER SENTENCED TO DEATH

[HUGHES, Mary]. [Drop-head title]. The Apprehending and Taking of the Female Robber, mary hughes, alias King, alias Atkinson, alias Evans, in the City of Bath, for Robbing Mrs Whitcomb, at the Boar's Head, Bristol, of Two Hundred Guineas, and a Bank Note value Twenty Pounds.

Newcastle. M. Angus & Son, Printers, [s.d., c1800?]
Dimensions 194 x 296mm. Single leaf broadside, printed on recto only in two columns. Edges uncut, with some marking, spotting and marginal loss, slight surface loss/tear to verso.
An entirely unrecorded, detailed broadside account of the apprehending of a female Robber, Mary Hughes - in Bath following her taking 'Two Hundred Guineas, and a Bank Note value twenty pounds' from a locked drawer during a stop in Bristol on a stagecoach journey from Chepstow - which also details her earlier crimes and her 'sorrowful Lamentation...During her confinement under Sentence of Death'.

With the level of moralism to be expected of popular literature of the age, this account of 'the fate of a miserable woman, who, though she suffered the hardships of prison, paid little or no regard to it' notes that Hughes' criminality continued 'till at last she is brought to a shameful and ignominious death'. Contemporary Georgian newspapers corroborate the details of the earlier crimes listed here ('robbing, in the shop of Mrs Prynn, in March, 1795'), for which Hughes was 'ordered to be transported for seven years, but was pardoned', but frustratingly we can locate no further details of this crime. Closing with what purports to be the convicted's own lament, in rhyming couplets, this broadside firmly suggests that Hughes' sentence of death was carried out.

This work bears the imprint of Newcastle printer Margaret Angus (f.1800-1812) & Son, and thus presumably dates from the first or second decade of the nineteenth century.

Unrecorded in OCLC or COPAC.
£ 1,250.00 Antiquates Ref: 23226