Trial, Sentence, and Execution of Michael Barrett.



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Broadside. Original sheet, trimmed and laid down on recent archival paper. Small areas of loss to extremities, with no loss of text, top right hand corner a faded red pencil marking of '24'. Poorly printed effecting legibility somewhat. With some creasing, and a large hole in the middle of the illustration of the execution scene. With woodcut border and illustration. Whitechapel, Smith Printer, May 26th 

Execution broadside of Michael Barrett, "the Fenian", and last man to be hanged in public, on the 26th May 1868, Newgate. Barrett was arrested for the "Clerkenwell Explosion" on 13th December 1867, which killed twelve people and injured many others. Barrett was the only Irish Republican to be convicted of the crime, five others were acquitted.

The tragic event occurred during an attempt to release, Richard O'Sullivan Burke from prison. The explosion was misjudged and not only did it blast a 60 foot hole in the prison wall, (O'Sullivan Burke is thought to have been killed in the blast), but a number of tenements on Corporation Lane were also destroyed.  

The conviction seemed largely to be based on the fact Michael Barrett was a Fenian, and that several witnesses claimed he may have been in London at the time. Barrett stated he was in Glasgow on the day of the explosion, and that if 'there were 10,000 armed Fenians in London, it was ridiculous to suppose they would send to Glasgow for a person of no higher abilities than himself'.  

One other found at Emory University Library.

 Proceedings of the Old Bailey, (6th April 1868),online.

Stock Code: 227428

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