an old and notorious offender

Last Monday ended the General Quarter-Sessions of the Peace for this Town, when Thomas Taylor, an old and notorious offender, was convicted of robbing Mr. Willson of a hackney-saddle (which was found upon him) and was sentenced to be publickly whipt as this day, in a cart, from the East-Gate round the pillory and back again. ’Tis said great intercession is made to have his sentence mitigated to a private flogging, which the greatest part of his neighbours as earnestly hope will not succeed. Upon notorious offenders severe correction becomes necessary for the sake of public example.