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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1795 Excerpt: ...may devour." After the long account we have given of this malefactor, it will be the less necessary to extend our remarks on his character. This history tells us how much more labour it requires to be a thief than an honest man. Indeed, if young people would but reflect for a moment, they would fee tfiat the practice of vice is, and must be, attended with the utmost pain and anxiety; and that "Wisdom's ways are pleasantness, and all her « paths are peace." They must also be convinced that vice, by repetition, becomes at least so habitual, that notwithstanding the attending evils, we can seldom or ever leave it oflv NarMttVe Narrative of the Lives and Execution of "rfIOMAS PACKER, and JOSEPH PICKEN, who were hanged at Tyburn for Robbery. THOMAS PACKER was a native of London, his father being a shoemaker in'Burcherhall-lane, Newgate-street. He was bound apprentice to the master of the Ship-Tavern at Greenwich; but not being content in his situation, he was turned over to a vintner, who kept the Rummer-Tavern, near Red-lion-fquare; and having served the rest of his time, he lived as a waiter in different places. He had not been long out of his time before he married j but the expences of his new connection, added to those arising from the extravagance of his disposition, soon reduced him to circumstances of distress. Joseph Picken was likewise a native of London, being the son of a taylor in Clerkenwell; but his father dying while he was an infant, he was educated by his mother, who placed him with a vintner near BUlingfgate, with whom he served an apprenticeship, after which he married, and kept the tap of the Mermaid Inn at Windsor: but his wife bein a bad manager, and his business much neglected, he was soon reduced to the utmost ex...
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