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Of those PERSONS who have forfeited their Lives to the injured
s T A T E T R I A L s
With the DEFENCE and BEHAVIOUR of the CRIMINALS,
Not only to point out the CRIMEs of the GREAT, which are at present but little
w FTER what has so fully and concisely been observed in the title, it might A perhaps be deemed unnecessary to trouble the reader farther with a preface ; but as custom has ordained, that on ushering a new performance into the world, some apology should be made in its behalf, we shall not deviate from the general mode. We shall not, (however) attempt to prejudice the public in favour of our work, as superior to every one that has preceded it. No! actuated by more generous and liberal motives, all that we shall say, is, that every endeavour will be exerted, to avoid the errors which most forced produćtions of this kind have been guilty of: in which many interesting trials have been omitted, and the powerful criminal has escaped insertion for private or partial views. No pecuniary biass prompts the present Proprietors, but every remarkable and interesling trial, both of the titled villain, or the artful knave, will be exposed to the public eye, and the most affiduous care will be taken to render our colle&tion not only a valuable but an entertaining companion. To youth, especially, our work will be a friendly monitor. Human frailty is subječt to errors, and the juvenile part of mankind are most liable to receive the impressions of vice or virtue. Many and various are the means made use of to mislead the honest but unwary youth, and to draw him out of the plain paths of virtue and goodness. If, therefore, pointing out the road which others have taken, and by which they have been led into a destrućtive pit ; if, the primary springs are exposed to their view, which have first instigated unfortunate wretches to their own destrućtion, can prevail; surely, the present plan will be of essential service, and the youthful reader may be taught by their misfortunes, to avoid the nets in which they were entangled, and shun the gulph of vice, which many, through inadvertency, have plunged into. As the crimes of men also affect the public in general, it is obvious how useful a work must prove, which, by exposing public wickedness, arms every man with caution against the like designs. To those, therefore, who are more advanced in years, this collečtion will prove an agreeable entertainment and a friendly assistant to the memory. The various artful methods practised by designing villains to defraud and plunder, will be carefully and accurately inserted, according to the minutes that were taken down at their different trials, which may prove a cautionary guide to the industrious and honest man, to secure his property, by guarding against the like wiles, which others may attempt to impose upon him. We shall conclude, by observing, that in the following compilation, great care nas been taken to sele&t those trials, where crimes or circumstances bear the marks of originality, State trials, in particular, will be carefully and minutely noticed, and in order to render our work as agreeable to the reader as possible, we have given in the frontispiece, A PER spective View of WestminstER HAll, with Both Houses of PARLIAMENT, assembled on the Trial of a Peer. A PERSPEc rive VIEW of WEST MINSTER - HALL, with Boris HOUSES of PARLIAMENT, on the TRIAL of a PEER.
Also a VIEw of the PEER esses, their Daughters, the Foreign AMBAssadors, and the rest of the numerous Company, as they are ranged on the Scaffolding erected
A. The Speaker of the House of Commons B. The Members of the House of Commons on the side seats C. Other Members of the House of Commons in front seats D. The Managers for the House of ComIn OilS E. The Solicitors and Clerks belonging to the Managers F. The Prisoner at the bar with the Lieutenant of the Tower on his right hand, and the Gentleman Jayler with the ax on his left G. The Witness giving evidence H. The Prisoner’s Council I. Writer taking the trial K. The King's box with a velvet chair, and Ladies on six rows of benches L. The Prince of Wales's box, with Ladies seated on six benches
M. A box with benches for the Duke of Cumberland, Princesses, and their attendants. Behind this box are three benches for the use of the Lord High Steward's family, and one bench for the Lord Chief Justice N. Another box for the Princess O. The box for foreign Ambassadors P. Peeresses and their daughters on four benches Q. Seats for peers tickets R. A gallery at the south end of the hall, containing seventeen rows of seats, holding eight hundred and sixty people. At the north end is another gallery, filling the whole space behind the Commons and the benches for peers tickets S. Gallery belonging to the Board of Works and the Vice Chamberlain T. Another gallery
N. B. All the seats are covered, and the scaffolding hung with red bays, excepting where the House of Commons fit, and that is covered with green bays.