From: The South Carolina Gazette and Public Advertise, 30 April 1785, 30 April 1785, Page 2, Column 2.

London, February 4th


February 3. Yesterday morning were executed pursuant to their sentence, from the platform erected before Newgate, the following convicts, viz. John Hamilton, William Astell, John Kelsey, William Finder, William Steward, and Melvin Simmonds, for different burglaries, and George Goldsmith, Richard Hobson, Lawrence Hall, and John Jones, for a burglary at the Black Dog in Shoreditch; Edward Johnson and John Evans, for private stealing in seperate dwelling-houses; James Dunn for publishing a forged seaman's will; William Abbott, for publishing a counterfeit bill of sale, with intent to defraud the owners of the Warren Hastings East-Indiaman; Allen Williams for assaulting a robbing a passenger at Shephard's Bluff, and John Shaw, Tabos, George Harris, Thomas Buttledore, and John Moodie for assaulting Thomas Francis, near Bagnigge Wells, and robbing him of some glais drops, a knife, and some money. They all appeared to die sincerely penitent, and deeply impressed with the awful change they were about to experience. They concourse of people was much greater than is remembered in the same neighborhood on any occasion whatever; the passage from Newgate street to Snow-Hill, as well as that of Ludgate-hill, was entirely stopped, both to foot passengers and carriages. Several persons were forced down, and trampled upon by the crowd, and it is supposed many of them are dangerously hurt.

The oldest of the poor wretches were not more than 30 years of age. Three of them were Roman Catholics; they all behaved as became their unfortunate situation. They were turned off about ten minutes before nine, and were attended by the two Under Sheriffs. So great a number have not been executed at one time since the year 1740, when Jenny Diver and twenty others were executed.