The Newgate Calendar - Supplement 3

The Newgate Calendar - TOM MARSH


Thief, Executed 4 May 1696

            MARSH was born at Ludlow, in Shropshire, was bred a mason, and, coming up to London, married a very industrious woman, by whom he had one daughter. Indulging his indolent disposition, his wages were insufficient to supply his wants; so that he commenced thief, and was, several times, detected and punished. Tom was accustomed, in his rambles, to frequent an alehouse, where the landlady, an handsome woman, was desirous to increase her customers, by the most insinuating manners. Tom ranked among her visitants; and, after arranging all the preliminaries, he was permitted, one night, to pay her a late visit. To banish thoughtfulness, and to produce repose in the absence of the husband, who had gone to the country, some of the best in the house was placed upon the table. Tom, who was as much disposed to sacrifice to avarice as to love, infused some somniferous ingredients in the indulgent hostess's cup, so that, in a little time, he, undisturbed, robbed her of three rings, the best of her clothes, and forty pounds in money.

            His next adventure was to wander the country in the character either of a discharged soldier, or a disabled seaman. Nor was he very scrupulous at helping himself when the country-people were slow in their movements. He was, at length, detected in his robberies, and, entering a man's yard to steal, he was fined twenty pounds, and committed to Newgate, until it was paid. There he remained four years; and, having twice broke out, he was both times put in irons, and hand-cuffed. When his fine was remitted, and he was set at liberty, he again renewed his pilfering, was recommitted, and hanged at Tyburn. Before his death, he confessed having murdered a farmer, for which Charles Dean, the attorney, was executed.

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