a girl of 16 years old

On Wednesday last Elizabeth Morton, a girl of 16 years old, and late servant to Mr. Olver, of Walkeringham in Nottinghamshire, was executed on Nottingham gallows, pursuant to her sentence for the murder of her master’s daughter, a child of two years old, by strangling it, and also for attempting the life of another of the children, whose neck she had almost twisted round, and hid it under some straw in the barn, where it was found by its mother struggling in the agonies of death, the blood gushing from its nose, mouth and eyes, and which last act of savage barbarity being happily discovered, occasioned a strong suspicion of the murder of the other child, for which she was apprehended, confessed her guilt, and has received the just punishment of so horrid a crime. — She was attended to the place of execution by a prodigious concourse of people, appeared greatly shocked at her approaching fate: after spending about a quarter of an hour in prayer with the two worthy Clergymen that attended her, she was turned off. — Her body pursuant to her sentence was given to the Surgeon of Calverton to be dissected.
++This day about 12 o’clock the two convicts Matthew Bott and John Townsend, will be executed at our gallows. They both appear resigned to their fate, and behave with decency, but seem less shocked at the apprehension of death that can be conceived in their unhappy condition, and so near their great change. Matthew Bott acknowledges the publishing the bond of the late Astell as has been before related, but denies the fixing thereto the name of Astell, or the witnesses, and has given a very particular and full account of that transaction in a paper, signed by himself, and which will be published after the execution. — He’s 75 years of age, a hearty well looking man, and heretofore followed the business of a blacksmith and nailmaker at Bagworth in this county, where he has resided the greatest part of his life, and lived in some degree of credit, has many children and grand-children living, 22 of the latter as we are informed, came this week to take their leave of him.
++John Townsend, who is to die, for breaking open the house of Mr. Price on the 25th of January last, likewise for breaking open and robbing the house of Mr. Hughes (an odd house between Stapleton and Barwell) on the 29th of January, for which he was at our last assizes tried and convicted of both indictments upon the fullest and clearest evidence, continues still to persist in his innocence, and has taken the Sacrament of the same, calling God Almighty to witness that he committed neither of the above robberies, nor knew anything of the person or persons who did commit ’em; notwithstanding which, it remains the general opinion that he must have been either guilty of the facts himself, or a confederate therein. Upon the first indictment, the coat and waistcoat that Mr. Prince was robbed of, it appeared was found on his back, swore to by the prosecutor, likewise by the Taylor who made ’em, and the method he accounts for his coming by ’em, is trifling and evasive; he says he brought ’em of a man he met by accident on Foleshill-heath in Warwickshire; as another strong circumstance of his guilt, on his trial he called several persons to his character, one of which, Mary Cornfield, swears to his being at Coventry at the time this robbery was committed, but upon her being apprehended and committed to gaol for perjury, acknowledges she knew nothing of the matter, but swore by his direction.