This morning about eight o'clock, David Allee and Francis Proudley, underwent the awful sentence of the law, on the drop at the back of the gaol.
Francis Proudley was convicted of horse stealing, of which offence he had been on the 16th August, also convicted and condemned. It appears that he had for some years associated himself with Gipsies, and led their wandering and predatory course of life. The Judge said it was necessary to make an example of him, the offence having become so prevalent in the county. At the time of his condemnation, he was the victim of despair, but previous to his death, he became resigned and penitent.
He has left a wife and family, who parted with him last night, and their parting was truly affecting. He expressed a wish that his example might deter others from the offence for which he suffered.
Previous to his being turned off, Allee addressed the populace, and hoped they came not merely as spectators, but would take warning from his fate. He particularly addressed himself to say of his associates, should there be any among the crowd. Proudley said nothing, and appeared to be almost exhausted on arriving at the drop.
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Devizes and Wiltshire Gazette - Thursday, 29th March 1827
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