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Interior of the Sefsions House", Old Bailey.

THE

NEWGATE CALENDAR;

COMPRISING

INTERESTING MEMOIRS

OF

THE MOST NOTORIOUS CHARACTERS

WHO HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF OUTRAGES ON

The Laws of England

SINCE THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY;

WITH

OCCASIONAL ANECDOTES AND OBSERVATIONS,
SPEECHES, CONFESSIONS, AND LAST EXCLAMATIONS OF SUFFERERS.

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London:
J. ROBINS AND CO. IVY LANE, PATERNOSTER ROW

1828.

ALD

HV 6945 . 26 R55 1824a V. 3-4

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JOHN RANN, COMMONLY CALLED SIXTEEN-STRING

JACK, EXECUTED FOR HIGHWAY ROBBERY. This fellow was entitled to be any kind of education. For some classed among the impudent and ar- time he obtained a livelihood by rogant self-created gentlemen who vending goods, which he drove round levied arbitrary contributious on the the city and adjacent country on an highway: he was also of consider- ass. able notoriety in acts of such species A lady of distinction, who hapof depreuations, having been reyu. pened to be at Bath, took Ranninio larly initiated, from the humble her service when he was about pick pocket.

twelve years of age; and bis beha. John Rann was born at a village viour was such, that he became the a few miles from Bath, of honest favorite of his mistress and fellowparents, who were in low circum- servants, stances, and incapable of giving hin At length he came to London, and

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gol employment as a helper in the taken into custody, and, being stables at Brooke's Mews, in which brought to Bow Street on the rolstation he bore a good character. lowing Wednesday, was charged He then became the driver of a with robbing John Devall, Esq. near postchaise, after which he was ser- the nine-mile stone on the Houn. vant to an officer, and in both these slow road, of his watch anil money stations he was well spoken of. This watch he had given to Miso

About four years before his exe- Roche, who had delivered it to Cacution he was coachman to a gentle- tharine Sinith, by whom it was ofman of fortune near Portman Square, fered in pledge to Mr. Hallain, a and it was at this period that he pawnbroker, who, suspecting that it dressed in the manner which gave was not honestly obtained, caused rise to the appellation of Sixteen- all the parties to be taken into string Jack, by wearing breeches custody. with eight strinys at each knee. Miss Roche was now charged

After living in the service of with receiving the watch, knowing several noblemen he lost his charac- it to have been stolen ; and Miss ter, and turned pick pocket, in com- Smith, being sworn, deposed that, pany with three fellows, ramed on the day Mr. Devall was robbed, Jones, Clayton, and Collecge, the Roche told her that 'she expected latter of whom, a mere boy, oblained Rann to bring her some money in the name of Eight-stringed Jack. the evening ;' that he accordingly

At the sessions held at the Old came about ten at night, and, having Bailey in April, 1774, Rann, Clay, retired some time with Miss Roche, ton, and one Shepherd, were tried she, on her return, owned that she for robbing Mr. William Somers on had received a watch and five guineas the highway, and acquitted for want from him, which he said he had of evidence. They were again tried taken from a gentleman on the for robbing Mr. Langford, but ac- highway; and that she, Miss Smith, quitted for the same reason. carried the watch to pawn to Mr.

For some time past Rann had Hallam, at the request of Miss . kept company with a young woman Roche. nained Roche, who, having been ap- Sir John Fielding asked Rain if prenticed to a milliner, and being he would offer any thing in his deseduced by an officer of the guards, fence; on which the latter said, 'I was reduced to obtain bread by the know no more of the matter than casual wages of prostitution; and, at you do, nor half so much neither.' length associating with highway. On this occasion Rann was dressed men, received such valuable effects in a manner above his style of life and as they took ou the road.

bis circumstances. We had a bundle • A woman's bodour is a woman's all,

of flowers in the breast of his coat You're lost for ever if perchance you fall; almost as large as a broom; and his In this, wit, beauty, fortune, form, and irons were tied up with a number of mind,

blue ribands. You give like atoms to the whistling wind;

For this offence Rann was tried at All worth, all pleasure, is with honour lost, A truth which thousands witness to their the sessions held at ihe Old Bailey,

in July, 1774, and acquitted. The fate of woman deeply we deplore, Two or three days after this acThey fall like stars that set to rise no quittal Rann engaged to sup with a more,'

girl at her lodgings in Bow Street ; On the 30th of May Rann was

bul, not being punctual to his ap

cost

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