One of the Last People to be Executed for Forgery in Great Britain [Broadside]. [Execution]. Fauntleroy, Henry [1784-1824]. The Last Dying Speech and Confession, Parentage, And Education of Henry Fauntleroy, Esq. Who was Executed this Morning, Tuesday, November the 30th, 1824, Fronting the Debtor's Door of Newgate.-For Forgery. Portsea: Williams, Printer, . 14-1/4" x 9-3/4" broadside. Text in two columns below headline and woodcut of gallows with hanging figure. Moderate toning, light edgewear, light foxing and creasing, horizontal and vertical fold lines, a few small holes affecting text without loss to legibility. Rare. $1,800. * Fauntleroy was an English banker convicted of forgery in 1824. He admitted his guilt, but pleaded that he forged documents in order to access funds to pay his firm's debts. Several bankers and merchants stepped forward to defend his integrity during the trial, but he was sentenced to be hanged. He appealed his case twice without success. Appeals for clemency followed, but they were not successful. He was hanged in November 1824, one of the last people to be executed for forgery before it ceased to be a capital crime in 1836. Our broadside appears to be unrecorded. No copies located on OCLC or Library Hub.
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