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The Life, Trial, Sentence, and Execution of John Devine, for the Murder of Joseph Duck, at Marylebone



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Broadside. Original sheet, trimmed and laid down on recent archival paper. Small areas of loss to extremities, at one point with a small amount of loss of text, top right hand corner a faded red pencil marking of '40'. With woodcut border and illustration. [Monday, May 2nd,

Execution broadside of John Devine for the murder of Joseph Duck, in the early morning of 11th March 1863, Little Chesterfield Street, Marylebone. The condemned pleaded not guilty to the crime which seemed as a result of a robbery gone wrong. The jury was sympathetic to Devine, and although the verdict returned was guilty, there was a strong recommendation to mercy, as they were of the 'opinion that the prisoner inflicted the injuries on the deceased while in the act of robbing him; but, at the same time they thought he did not intend to murder him.' The scene of the execution is melancholic: 'There was not a large concourse assembled to witness the sad spectacle, nor was there exhibited by those present any of that unseemly demonstrativeness which they are wont to indulge in.'

Only one other copy, found at Harvard Law school Library, (Disley Printer, the criminal being Arthur Devine rather than Joseph/ John Devine of this broadside).

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey 1674 - 1913, online.

Stock Code: 227429