Last monday were executed

Last monday were executed pursuant to their sentence Thomas Cherry and Elizabeth his wife, for the barbarous murder of Edward Brown. Thomas Cherry, the unhappy young man, was not quite 21 years of age, was a likely young fellow, by trade a Joiner, and of remarkable good character before committing the heinous crime for which he justly suffered; he was born at Ramsey in the county of Huntingdon, but for the greatest part of his life resided at Hertford, could read and write very well, but what greatly aggravates this crime, he was not at that time in any want of money to induce him to commit the robbery; he said he had been married about 6 months, and that she had always behaved as a dutiful and obedient wife. He behaved with great decency from his first confinement at Leicester, and shew’d great signs of penitence and remorse.
++His unhappy wife persisted in her innocence to the last minute, acknowledged that she knew of the intended robbery, but had at all times endeavoured to persuade her husband from his purpose, and that she knew nothing of the murder till she felt something running warm upon her bosom, and immediately said Lord Thomas! what is this! and he informed her he supposed it was Brown’s blood: before and after her conviction she behaved with great decency and resignation to her unhappy fate.
++After her condemnation, being asked whether it was true that she had attempted to poison Brown by procuring Laudanum some time before at Loughbro’ as had been reported, she said it was not. But that she acknowledged she had been prevailed upon at the instigation of a wicked woman who she got acquainted with at their Lodging House at Loughbro’ to go to an Apothecary’s for six penny-worth of Laudanum drops and she also with great contrition acknowledged that she knew it was in order to make Brown sleep, and that this woman above-mentioned who was Brown’s bed-fellow, did intend to rob him; but she says that when she came to the Apothecary’s she asked the prentice of journeyman whether Laudanum drops were dangerous or no, that he replied, if the were taken in considerable quantity they were so, but if not very safe; upon which she bought only two penny-worth, and gave ’em to the woman; she denied being married before as had been reported, or that she had ever run away or lived with a Soldier as had also been said. She acknowledged great gratitude to the clemency of the judge, and also the worthy Minister who had attended them in their confinement: she said she freely forgave all mankind. — On the morning of Execution, when brought from the cell and taken to the house to be pinioned she fainted away, but soon after came to herself, and behaved with great fortitude and composure, saying “My God died to appease a multitude and why should I repine.” About 9 they were put into the cart along with the executioner and conveyed to the place appointed in Church-gate [a gallows being erected on purpose, in the street, opposite to where the murder was committed.] At the place of execution they prayed for some time very devoutly, a clergyman attending for that purpose, then they got up, kissed each other with great affection, she saying to her husband, “now my dear, am I or not guilty of this murder?” He replied, “my dear you are not guilty.” The executioner then upon his knees separately asked their forgiveness and proceeded to his office; the ropes being fixed and caps drawn over their eyes, repeating Lord have Mercy upon us! Christ have Mercy upon us, the cart drew away, and they launched into Eternity!
++She was a thin personable woman born at Newcastle-upon-Tyne of very creditable Parents, for whose sake, she desired to conceal her maiden name, had had a good eduction and an uncommon share of understanding.