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' Crime & punishment ' contains the following 94 items:

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Doctor Higgins's deliverance, or, The rose T---n cabal defeated [ID: 86313499]

Song on Francis Higgins's second trial for seditious preaching. First line reads: Since the business is over I'm glad there's an end on't. In one column.

Date printed: 1712

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(1) Newgate Street petition to Mr Mayor [ID: 74891203]

First line reads: Alack! and well-a-day. In two columns with a woodcut above the title. At foot of text: N.B. Due notice will be given when the petition will lie for signatures.

Printer: Marshall, John, printer, of Newcastle upon Tyne

Date printed: 1835

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(2) Lamentation of Leopold Redpath [ID: 74891209]

First line reads: Alas I am convicted theres no one to blam [sic]. In two columns. Leopold Redpath stood trial on 16 January 1857 for fraud. He was sentenced to transportation for life and reached the penal settlement in Western Australia in October 1858.

Date printed: 1857

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(3) Trial & sentence of Leopold Redpath [ID: 74891212]

First line reads: Alas I am convicted theres no one to blam [sic]. In two columns. Leopold Redpath stood trial on 16 January 1857 for fraud. He was sentenced to transportation for life and reached the penal settlement in Western Australia in October 1858.

Date printed: 1857

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(4) Sorrowful copy of verses on the awful death and last moments of Jame Connor [ID: 74891248]

" ... who was twice hanged at Kirkdale Goal [sic], for the Mill Street murder". The execution took place in 1873. First line of text reads: It will be remembered that at the late/ assizes, James Connor was sentenced to/ death for the murder of James Gaffney in/ Mill Street on the 11th of August. First line of verse reads: All you that are Christians of every degree. Jame Connor is in fact James O'Connor.

Date printed: 1873

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(5) Naughty swell, or, Who stole the bricks [ID: 74891254]

First line reads: All you that dwell in Kentish town. In two columns with a woodcut above the first.

Printer: Pratt, John, printer in Pye Street, Westminster

Date printed: 1840

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(6) Shocking murder of a wife, at Epping [ID: 74891272]

" ... trial and sentence". First line reads: All you that have one spark of feeling. In two columns. In prose and verse.

Date printed: 1878

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(7) Ful [sic] and true acount [sic] of the the [sic] most horrible wife [sic] murder that took place in Church Street [ID: 74891299]

First line reads: All you who have kind feeling hearts with me new [sic] sympathise. In one column with a woodcut above the title.

Date printed: 1864

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(8) Sorrowful lamentation on the Hollywood tragedy [ID: 74891302]

" ... Where two sisters have been brutally murdered". First line reads: All you who have kind feeling hearts with me now sympathise. In one column with a woodcut above the title.

Date printed: 1864

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(9) Lamentable lines on the murder of Mary Sweeney [ID: 74891305]

Michael Teirnan was found not guilty of murder but convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years penal servitude. First line reads: All you who have kind feeling hearts with me now sympathise.

Date printed: 1879

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(10) Lamentable lines on the murder of Mary Sweeney [ID: 74891308]

Michael Teirnan was found not guilty of murder but convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years penal servitude. First line reads: First line reads: All you who have kind feeling hearts with me now sympathise. In one column. This edition had no woodcut.

Date printed: 1879

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(11) So they stop'd the clock [ID: 74891497]

So they stop'd the clock - first line reads: As I walked down by Shoreditch church. I've got a twelvemonth in quod for larking - first line reads: I am borne down with care and woe. In two columns.

Printer: Evans, printer in Whitechapel

Date printed: 1845

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(12) Sarah Gale's lament [ID: 74891500]

The first ballad concerns the execution of James Greenacre and the sentencing of Sarah Gale to transportation for life for the murder of Hannah Brown in 1837.

Date printed: 1837

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(13) Country girl [ID: 74891521]

First line reads: As I walk'd out one morning down by a ri-/ver's side. In one column with a woodcut above the title.

Printer: Pitts, John, 1765-1844

Probable date printed: 1820-1844

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(14) Bold prisoner [ID: 74891542]

First line reads: As I was a walking for my recreation. In one column with a woodcut above the title.

Printer: Jennings, J., printer in Fleet Street, London

Probable date printed: 1802-1809

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(15) River Roe [ID: 74891572]

The river Roe - first line reads: As I went out one evening, all in the month of June. The robber outwitted - first line reads: Come listen awhile and a story I will [tel]l. Two ballads. In two columns.

Date printed: 1850

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(16) Sorrowful [sic] lamentation on the execution [of] Patrick Power [ID: 74891668]

" ... who sufferd [sic] at front of Wexford Jail on the 4th of April for the unnatural murder of his father". Power was executed on 4th April 1866. First line reads: Atend [sic] each feeling Christian who now my fate bewail.

Date printed: 1866

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(17) Last moments of John A Simpson [ID: 74891878]

" ... for murdering his sweetheart". First line of text reads: At eight o'clock, this/ Monday) morning, the/ youth John Aspinall/ Simpson, was executed/ at Strangeways prison. First line of ballad reads: By John Aspinall Simpson's sad terrible death.

Date printed: 1881

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(18) Erin's rights [ID: 74891887]

" ... and O'connell for ever huzza". The text refers to O'Connells imprisonment and forthcoming trial - he was arrested in 1843 and convicted in February 1844. First line reads: By the old hills of Tara one morning I wandered.

Probable date printed: 1843-1844

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(19) Banks of Band [ID: 74891896]

The banks of Band - first line reads: By yon noisy harbour near sweet mill town. The transport - first line reads: Come all young men of learning.

Printer: Pitts, John, 1765-1844

Probable date printed: 1820-1844

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(20) New song on the trial and sentence of peace [ID: 74891917]

" ... for the murder of Mr Arthur Dyson at Bannercross Sheffield, Nov 29, 76". First line reads: Charles Peace, the Blackheath burglar is sentenced now/ to die. Charles Peace is mentioned by name in the Sherlock Holmes short story, "The Adventure of the Illustrious Client".

Date printed: 1879

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(21) Welcome Frost to England [ID: 74891950]

The ballad celebrates John Frost's return to Britain in 1856. In 1840 he had been sentenced to transportation to Van Diemen's Land for life but obtained a pardon in 1854 on condition he did not return to Britain. He received a full pardon in 1856 and finally returned. First line reads: Cheer up, cheer up my gallant lads.

Date printed: 1856

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(22) Murder of Betsy Smith [ID: 74891983]

Murder of Betsy Smith - first line reads: Come all false-hearted young men and listen to my song. My ain fireside - first line reads: Come, my lads, let's mount and go.

Printer: Walker, George, printer at North Shields

Date printed: 1860

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(23) Lamentation of Mrs Frost [ID: 74891986]

" ... for the fate of her husband, who was condemned at Monmouth, for High Treason, but who is transported for life". In 1840 Frost had been sentenced to death but after a legal review this was communted to transportation to Van Diemen's Land for life. First line reads: Come all good christians list awhile.

Date printed: 1840

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(24) King the detective or the modern Jonathan Wild [ID: 74891992]

Two ballads. King the detective - first line reads: Come all good people young or old, young or old. Donald's return to Glencoe - first line reads: As I was walking one morning of late. In two columns.

Date printed: 1850

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(25) Trial and confession of James Waller [ID: 74892112]

The events described in the text took place in 1862. First line reads: Come all you feeling christians. In two columns.

Date printed: 1862

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(26) Young Henry the poacher [ID: 74892337]

Young Henry the poacher - first line reads: Come all you wild and wicked youths wherever/ you may be. Botany Bay - first line reads: Come all young men of learning, take warning by/ me.

Printer: Such, Henry Parker, fl. 1849 - 1851

Date printed: 1855

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(27) Female transport [ID: 74892349]

Female transport - first line reads: Come all you young girls both far and near, and listen unto me. The new transport's farewell - first line reads: Come all you wild young fellows whereever you may be.

Printer: Walker, George, printer at North Shields

Date printed: 1850

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(28) Glory & pride of the Emerald Isle [ID: 74892403]

On the imprisonment of O'Connell in 1844. First line reads: Come, cheer up your spirits, you sons of Hibernia. In two columns with an illustration above the first.

Date printed: 1844

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(29) Newcopy of verses made upon the unfortunate convicts who escaped from the transport ship [ID: 74892499]

" ... are now under sentence of death in Exeter Castle, and ordered for execution on Friday next". First line reads: Come London blades and list to me. In one column with a woodcut above the title.

Date printed: 1825

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(30) Allen's farewell to his love [ID: 74892607]

Two ballads. William Phillip Allen, Michael Larkin and Michael O'Brien were executed on 23rd November 1867. Allen's farewell to his love - first line reads: Farewell love, farewell love, I am going to leave/ thee. The soldier's letter to his parents - first line reads: Dear parents I do write, though I'm weeping day/ and night.

Date printed: 1867

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(31) Lamentations as of John Thomson & David Dobie [ID: 74892805]

" ... the two unfortunate men now under sentence of death in the Calton Jail, and who are to be executed at Edinburgh, on the 18th of August, 1830, and their bodies to be given to Dr Munro for dissection, for the assault, murder and robbery of Margaret Paterson". First line reads: Dear Countrymen, a warning take. In two columns with woodcuts of Dobie and Thomson beneath the title. Price one penny.

Date printed: 1830

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(32) Lines on Thomas Hartley Montgomery [ID: 74892838]

" ... his last night in Omagh jail". Montomery was hanged on the 26th. August 1873 for the murder of William Glass - confirmed by the 'Times Digital Archive' in an article dated Wednesday, Aug 27, 1873. First line reads: Dark and dismal was the skies.

Date printed: 1873

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(33) Jamie Wilson's mother's dream [ID: 74892844]

Jamie Wilson, or 'Daft Jamie', was the penultimate victim of the notorious murderers Burke and Hare, who killed sixteen times on the streets of Edinburgh to provide the anatomist Robert Knox with bodies for medical research.

Date printed: 1829

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(34) Beautiful Venice [ID: 74892961]

Three ballads. The scaffold - first line reads: Hark to the clinking of hammers. Charming May - first line reads: Oh, charming May! oh charming May! Beautiful Venice - first line reads: Beautiful Venice! City of song!

Printer: Bebbington, John Oliver

Date printed: 1855

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(35) Haynau's retreat [ID: 74893126]

This ballad concerns Baron Haynau, who, on a visit to London, narrowly escaped lynching due to his cruelty in supressing the reform movement in Hungary. He was recognized in the street by some draymen from a local brewery (Barclay & Perkin's). First line reads: A funny song, not very long.

Printer: Hodges, E., printer (from Pitts')

Date printed: 1850

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(36) State trials [ID: 74893129]

" ... O'Connell and victory". The text refers to O'Connell's imprisonment - he was arrested in 1843 and convicted in February 1844. First line reads: A fuss and confusion all over Great Britain.

Author: Morgan, John

Publisher: Morgan, John

Date printed: 1843-1844

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(37) Model gaol [ID: 74893240]

First line reads: Good people all give ear I pray. In two columns. There are blank spaces in the text where the name of the gaol would have been added depending on where the ballad was sold.

Printer: William M'Call (Firm)

Date printed: 1850

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(38) New song on Preston gaol [ID: 74893243]

First line reads: Good people all give ear I pray. In two columns. The paper is pale blue.

Date printed: 1850

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(39) Brennan on the moor [ID: 74893330]

Brennan on the moor - first line reads: It's of a fearless highwayman a story I will tell. Mother's far away - first line reads: One cold winter's night my dear mother died.

Printer: White, John, printer in Liverpool

Date printed: 1860

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(40) Brennan on the moor [ID: 74893333]

Two ballads. Brennan on the moor - first line reads: It's of a fearless highwayman a story I will tell. You never miss the water till the well runs dry - first line reads: When a child I lived at Lincoln, with my parents at/ the farm.

Date printed: 1860

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(41) Release of Wm Habron [ID: 74893357]

The release of Wm. Habron - first line reads: It's of the cruel fate of innocent William Habron. Lines on the sad fate of Charles Peace - first line reads: The scaffold now has done its duty. Charles Peace is mentioned by name in the Sherlock Holmes short story, "The Adventure of the Illustrious Client".

Date printed: 1879

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(42) John Bull, can you wonder at crime [ID: 74893462]

John Bull, can you wonder at crime - first line reads: I've been thinking of late - I've been thinking. I never can forget - first line reads: In vain, though banish'd from my heart. In two columns. Two ballads.

Date printed: 1860

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(43) New song call'd the three hunts-men's tragedy [ID: 74893498]

First line reads: I will sing you of three huntsmen as brave as eare [sic] could. In one column with an illustration above the title.

Printer: Brereton, P., printer in Dublin

Date printed: 1870

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(44) New song call'd the three huntsmen's tragedy [ID: 74893501]

First line reads: I will sing you of three huntsmen as brave as ear [sic] could be. In one column with an illustration above the title.

Printer: Brereton, P., printer in Dublin

Date printed: 1870

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(45) Nix my dolly, pals fake away [ID: 74893543]

First line reads: In the box of a stone jug I was born. In one column woth a woodcut above the title.

Author: Sheppard, Jack

Date printed: 1860

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(46) Whitechapel tragedy [ID: 74893546]

" ... Condemnation of Lipsky". The murder of Miriam Angel and the trial and execution of Israel Lipski all took place in 1887. First line reads: In a cell so sad and silent there is lying. In two columns.

Printer: Taylor & Smith

Date printed: 1887

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(47) Wild & wicked youth [ID: 74893615]

First line reads: In Newry town I was bred & born. In one column.

Printer: Birt, Thomas, fl. 1824-1841

Date printed: 1828

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(48) Wild and wicked youth [ID: 74893618]

Wild and wicked youth - first line reads: In Newry town I was bred and born. Giles Scroggin's ghost - first line reads: Giles Scroggins courted Molly Brown.

Author: Dibdin, Charles, 1768-1833

Date printed: 1850

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(49) Murder of Lord Cavendish and Thomas Burke, in the Phoenix Park Dublin, May 6, 1882 [ID: 74894107]

First line reads: Just listen to this story true. In two columns.

Date printed: 1882