The last Speech confession and dying words of Colonel Despard and
Were brought out upon the scaffold erected on the
top of the New Gaol, Horsemonger-lane, to un-
dergo the Senteuce of the Law.
Colonel Despard came the last upon the scaffold
He made a speech to the surrounding spectators, in
which he declared his innocence of the Crime for
which he was condemned to die His Fellow sufferers
said nothing, and all behaved with great dcorum,
and resignation to their fate.
After the Colonel had. made his speech he was
greered by clapping and huzzaing, otherwise the
Populace behaved with the greatest propriety.
Nearly about nine o'clock the Platform dropped.
After hanging about half an hour they were cut
down, and decaditated. The whole of the awful
ceremony was concluded by a quarter past ten,
Col. Despard was the first who was beheaded.
The Soldiers were dressed in their Regimenatls
The vast assemblage of People who were collect-
ed upon the occasion, were apparently much affect-
ed at the scene and quietly dispersed.
Two detachments of the Horse Gurds, and one
of the Scotch Grevs were stationed in various parts
of St George's Fields, and about the Obelisk ; but
none in the immediate vicinity of the Prison : as
no appearance of riot was visible, the Greys march-
ed back before noon. The Reiatlves to the unhappy
Sufferers at that time were waiting for there bodies
At Six o'clock on Sunday evening his Majesty's
Warrant to the Execution of Col. Despard and
six of his associates, and also an order from Lord
Petnam, for the respite of the three others under
sentence of death reached the New Gaol in the
Borough As the Warrant contained a remission of
part of the Sentence of those executed this morning,
and may not be uninterest ng, we have here given
an extract from it :
"And whereas we have thought fit to remit part
of the Sentence, viz. he taking out and burning their
bowels before their faces and dividing the bodies of
Edward Marcus Despard John Wood, J. Francis
Thomas Broughton J Segwick, Wratten A. Graham
and J, Macnamara, by their being drawn and hang-
ed and having their head severed from their bodies
according to the said Sentence only at the usual
place of execution on Monday next the 2 st Feb.;
and for so doing this shall be your Warrant. Given
at our Court at st Jane's the 16th day of February
1803 in the 43d year of our Reign. By Majestry's
(Signed) " Pelham.
" To our Trusty and well beloved Sheriff of
The Court of Surrey, and others whom
it may concern."
Annexed is a Copy of the Order for the Respite'
" I am commanded to signify to you the King's
Pleasure, that the execution of the Sentence of
Death passed upon Thomas Newman, Daniel Tyn-
dale and William Lander, now in the Gaol for the
County of surrey he respited until further significa-
tion of His Majestys Pleasure.
" I am sir, your most obedient humble servant
To our trusty, &c. &c'
A eight o'clock yesterday morning Colonel
Despard and his fellow-prisoners were sent for by
Mr Ives to attend the Chapel. They all cheerfully
obeyed the summons except Col. Despard and Mac-
namara the former assigned no reason for his refusal
but the latter said he was a Roman Catholic, and it
would not be consistant with his faith.
The Rev. Mr Winckworth read prayers, after
which he delivered a very impressive sermon,extram-
ely applicable to the situation of the prisoners. The
text was taken from the 18th chapter of st Luke
and the 13th verse, " God be merciful to me a
sinner. " The unhappy men joined in prayer with
great devotion ; and the impression made by the
sermon was Indicative of true fortitude, contrition
for their crimes and sincere repentence'
At this time none of the Prisoners were apprised
of the warrant for their execution being received
It was thought best to reserve the unhappy tidingis
till their minds had been fortified by the Chaplains
discourse which had the distred effect ; for when
they heard the fatal information' they seemed all
thoroughly prepared to meet. it
Colonel Despard seemed more suprised than af-
fected. The wives of the Prisoners were premitted
to stay with them the greatest part of the day Not-
hing could be more distressing than their farewel
quitting the prison. Col. Despard shewed strong
emotions of grief on the melancholy occasion.
By day-light, yesterday, Mr Ives had a proper
number of persons employed on the top of the New
Gaol, to erect a platform, and as the morning ad-
vanced, the neighbourhood of Horsemonger-lane
began to be crowded by the populace, to see the
scaffolding completed. Towards the middle of the
day the concourse was uncomonly great,
[Glasgow Printed by J. Galbraith
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