A Warning to "All Young Men" [Broadside]. [Execution]. A Letter and Lamentation of John Moreton, Now Under Sentence of Death in Stafford Goal, For House-Breaking, At Shelton, And Ordered for Execution on Saturday, The 3rd. Day of April, 1819. [Stafford]: S.n., 1819. 9-3/4" x 6-3/4" broadside, bottom edge not trimmed, main text printed in single column between headline and six-stanza poem in two columns. Moderate toning, a few light finger smudges, traces of mounting tape to verso. A well-preserved copy of a rare and apparently unrecorded item. $750. * A fine example of a moralizing execution broadside. Addressed to "My dear Friends," the "letter" expresses remorse, acceptance of his well-deserved sentence and describes the peaceful state he attained in prison after he "sought God." The poem, in Moreton's voice, is a warning to "all young men" to forsake "vain delights and sin." A horrible fate awaits those who put their "souls to pain, for the sake of some unlawful gain." No copies listed on OCLC or Library Hub.
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