Henry Shergold (1799-1873) – A Convict’s DEATH Sentence
I have just had a number of newspapers from the early 1800’s from Wilton & Salisbury in Wiltshire, England come into my possession.
As “eye-witness” accounts to the events they really bring everything to life and the emotion and difficulties of life at the times are very confronting.
It also gives an example of what happens when you mix with the wrong company and what can happen if you’re standing around with a brush in your hand whilst everything around you is “going to hell in a hand-basket”.
The two brothers, George & John were actually charge with extortion at the same time, that will be in my next post.
I’ve just spent the last couple of days transcribing some of the newspapers and have updated the information against each of the Convicts.
There is also a story about a “celebrated” court case at the Old Baily in London, King vs. Carlile, that gives an insight into what people were not only feeling, but experiencing at the time, and what the general consensus was within the people of England during the Machine Breaking / Agricultural Rioting era.
I have uploaded several of the newspapers to this post in *.pdf format for those who are interested to have a look at.
Henry Sheargold Bell’s Life in London and Sporting Chronicle – Sunday 16 January 1831 (Best Copy)Henry Sheargold Dorset County Chronicle – Thursday 06 January 1831 (BEST SO FAR)Henry Sheargold Sussex Advertiser – Monday 17 January 1831
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