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Broadside entitled 'Horrid Murder'
A true and particular account of William and Alexander
At the Exeter Assizes held last week, William and Alexander Thomson, two
The witnesses having been examined at length the Jury retired for a few min-
At half-past 2 o'clock on Friday the unfortunate men ascended the platform
During their imprisonment they behaved with propriety, and paid every atten-
Copy of a letter from one of these young men, the Day
before his execution, to his sweatheart?Condemned Cell
8 o'clock, Dear Margaret before leaving this world, I
write you these lines, letting you know that I sincerely re
pent all my past crimes, I never tnought that you who
I was the cause of me being led astray would have been an
evidence at my trial. I freely forgive you, but I hope
that all other young men will gaurd against all such vices!
and not be enamoured by the deceit and treachery of such
female traitors. A. L.
On Monday last, Elizabeth Wilson about 19 years of age, put an end to her ex-
istence by swallowing a large dose of Poison, on account of a sea Captain, with
whom she had fallen in love he having held out promises which he never inten-
ded to fulfil, and who sailed for London, before her remains were laid in the sil-
ent grave, she wrote the following most effeetive letter, the night before the sad
event addressed to her faithless lover, as follows, Dear Captain, If my exhausted
Spirit, should support my trembling hand, whilst I write a few lines to ease a bro-
ken heart, it would be the last office I would require them to do tnen may they
leave me than may I find in my grave a retreat from the schorn of men If I fly to
my parents who were once all my comfort they bathed in tears, cry out
you have brought out grey hairs, with sorrow to the grave, thus is all na-
ture armed against me and who's account do I seem to be forsaken on
your account, who strove to gain my eflections and become master of them
and now you triumph over me for trusting to your houour or putting con.
fidenos in your word. E. VV.
W. Robertson, Printer, Edinburgh.
Date of publication:
1830 shelfmark: F.3.a.13(102)