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Colonial Cases

R. v. Wheldon and others [1752]

burglary - capital punishment

Court of Assize

November 1752

Source: Halifax Gazette, 11 November 1752 [1]

[2] Last Thursday Richard WheldonWilliam Belcher, and Thomas Jobbitt, who were found guilty of Burglary and Felony at the Court of Assize held here last Week, (as mention'd in our last) receiv'd Sentence of Death; they behaved very penitently, begging for Mercy &c.We do not yet hear that the Day is fix'd upon for their Execution.

Source: Halifax Gazette, 11 November 1752

Last Monday Thomas JobbitRichard Wheldon, and William Belcher, were executed here pursuant to their Sentence; they all behav'd penitently; Belcher spake but little at the Gallows; Wheldon said he died in Charity with all Men, but declar'd himself innocent of the Fact for which he was to suffer; Jobbittacknowledg'd the Justice of his Fate, warn'd all People, especially his Fellow Soldiers, to beware of those Sins which had bro't him to that untimely End, to have a greater Regard for the Sabbath, and to spend more of their Time at the Church, and less at the Gin-Shops; he declared, he hoped he had made his Peace with GOD, and died in Charity with all Mankind; and that he was both ready and willing to die.


[1]  On 27 June 1752, p. 2, the Halifax Gazette reported as follows on another case:

"Two of the three Criminals mention'd in our last Paper, were executed here on Monday last, pursuant to their Sentence, the other was repriev'd at the Gallows; they seemed to die in a penitent Frame, confessing their Crimes, begging the Prayers of the Spectators, and warning them against those Sins which had been the leading Cause of bringing them to that shameful and untimely end."

Paper of Record does not have the previous issue of the Gazette.

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