William MacMurdo Duncan Scrapbook

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A scrapbook seemingly begun by William McMurdo Duncan in the 1790s, based on the earliest manuscript entry entitled “Books Belonging to William McMurdo Duncan 10th Feby. 1799” with later additions perhaps made by other members of his family, as the names of William’s wife Marianne and his daughter Helen are inscribed on the front endpaper. The scrapbook includes newspaper clippings and broadsides relating to the city of Liverpool; shipping and naval news; the Napoleonic Wars; reports of the royal families of England and France; local news stories tending to reports of dramatic accidents and crimes, including reports of the abuse of servants and presumanbly enslaved girls. Also included are two manuscript poems (1816) and a manuscript list of books. Also included is a printed form, completed in manuscript, from New College Manchester, dated “May 1st, 1797”, for a Norwegian student, “Mr. Kield Moestre” (1776-1805), which gives his grades for two months (“March & April”) of lectures in the subjects of languages, mathematics, and natural philosophy. A page from the Observer (no. 1249) from 29 October 1815 includes a large woodcut “Island of Saint Helena” with “A descriptive sketch of the Island of Saint Helena”. Clippings from a column “Cabinet”. Laid in the front are over two dozen clippings from the column “Cabinet” that provide spiritual advice about conduct of life and marriage and other religious topics dated from the 1830s.

  • Creator: Duncan, William MacMurdo, 1772-1853.
  • Title: William MacMurdo Duncan Scrapbook : printed text and manuscript.
  • Production: Liverpool?, England, circa 1795-1816.

Catalog Record

LWL Mss vol. 270

Acquired October 2021

A treatise on the functions and duties of a constable

  • Author: Colquhoun, Patrick, 1745-1820, author.
  • Title: treatise on the functions and duties of a constable : containing details and observations interesting to the public, as they relate to the corruption of morals, and the protection of the peaceful subject against penal and criminal offences / by P. Colquhoun, Esq., LL. D.
  • Publication: London : Printed by W. Bulmer and Co., Cleveland-Row, St. James’s; for J. Mawman in the Poultry, and J. Hatchard, Piccadilly, 1803.

Catalog Record

646 803 C722

Acquired June 2019

 

The new Newgate calendar

see description belowWith engraved plates showing prisons, executions, portraits, trial at the Sessions House, Old Bailey, crimes on land and at sea. Directions to binder at end of volume 3.
Contents continues: … mutineers, coiners, highwaymen, footpads, housebreakers, rioters, extortioners, sharpers, forgers, pickpockets, fraudulent bankrupts, money-droppers, imposters, and thieves of every description. Containing also a number of interesting cases never before published; with occasional essays on crimes and punishments, original anecdotes, and observations on particular cases; explanations of the criminal laws, the speeches, confessions, and last exclamations of sufferers, to which is added, a correct account of the various modes of punishment of criminals in different parts of the world.

  • Author: Knapp, Andrew.
  • Title: The new Newgate calendar : being interesting memoirs of notorious characters, who have been convicted of outrages on the laws of England, during the seventeenth century, brought down to the present time. Chronologically arranged. Comprising traitors, murderers, incendiaries, ravishers, pirates … / by Andrew Knapp and William Baldwin, attornies at law.
  • Publication: London : Printed and published by J. Robins and Co., Ivy-Lane, Paternoster-Row, [1820?]

Catalog Record

521 6

Acquired June 2019

The dying speech and confession, life, character, and behaviour of the unfortunate malefactors

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Report on the crimes and execution of Thomas Riley, Samuel Warner, John Davis, and William Chatwin.

  •  Title: The dying speech and confession, life, character, and behaviour of the unfortunate malefactors executed this day before the debtors door, Newgate.
  • Published: [London] : Printed and sold in Long-Lane, West Smithfield, [179-?]

Catalog Record

File 52 D99 790

Acquired January 2014

Last dying speech…of the unfortunate malefactors

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An account of the execution of nine criminals on 1 December 1785: James Nesbitt, John Isaacs, George Manning alias Francis Hill, Michael Smith, William Powley, William Vandeput, Daniel East, James Beaman, and Francis Storer. The description of the crimes of each individual is followed by a moral in verse.

  • Title: Last dying speech and confession, life, character, and behaviour of the unfortunate malefactors, executed this day before the Debtors Door, Newgate : with a copy of the letter which Mr. Francis Storer sent to his wife and the verses which Mr. Vandeput wrote in his cell the night before he suffered.
  • Published: [London] : Printed and sold in Long-Lane, West Smithfield, [1785?]

Catalog Record

File 52 L349 785

Acquired April 2013

The dying speech and confession life, character, and behaviour, of the unfortunate malefactors…

The dying speech...

David Clarey was hanged for setting fire to his house in order to collect the insurance. William James alias Levi was hanged for high treason, specifically for “counterfeiting the silver coin of the realm.” Jeremiah Grace also hanged for coining. John Gilbetson was hanged for housebreaking. Margaret Sullivan, accomplice of Jermiah Grace, was hanged and then burned at the stake for her part in a counterfeiting scheme.

  • Title: The dying speech and confession life, character, and behaviour, of the unfortunate malefactors, executed this day before the debtors door, Newgate.
  • Published: [London] : Printed and sold in Long-Lane, West-Smithfield, [179-?].

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Acquired April, 2011 by the Lewis Walpole Library.