The Newgate Calendar - THOMAS CARR, AN ATTORNEY , AND ELIZABETH ADAMS

THOMAS CARR, AN ATTORNEY , AND ELIZABETH ADAMS

Executed at Tyburn, 18th of January, 1738, for Robbery

 THOMAS CARR, when he committed the robbery for which he suffered, was an attorney-at-law, of eminence in the Temple, and Elizabeth Adams a woman with whom he cohabited. He had been many years vestry clerk of the parish of St Paul, Covent Garden, a very respectable office. On the 15th of October, 1737, they were indicted at the Old Bailey, for robbing William Quarrington of ninety-three guineas and a diamond ring at the Angel and Crown tavern, near Temple Bar, upon which they were found guilty, and sentence of death passed on them. Carr endeavoured to obtain the Royal mercy, but the Privy Council replied that "a flagrant breach of the law was greatly aggravated in being committed by a man professing the law."

 On the 18th of January, 1738, thirteen miserable beings were carried from Newgate to Tyburn, there to suffer death for different offences; and among them were Carr and Adams, each in a mourning-coach. They both received the Sacrament on the Sunday preceding; and then, and at the place of execution, denied the fact for which they suffered. They were both remarkably composed for people in their dreadful situation, and just as the cart began to draw away they kissed each other, joined hands, and thus were launched into eternity.

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