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Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
11-Nov-08 - 09:10 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Boston Burglar
Subject: RE: Origins: Boston Burglar
The original Boston Burglar?

Levi Ames was executed for burglary in Boston in 1773, age 22.

The poem written for this event is some 30 verses long.

AN ADDRESS TO THE INHABITANTS OF BOSTON, (particulary to the thoughtless YOUTH) Occasioned by the Execution of LEVI AMES,
who so early in Life, as not 22 Years of Age, must quit the Stage of action in this awful Manner. He was tried for BURGLARY on the 7th of September, and after a fair and impartial examination of Facts, the JURY went out but soon return'd, who upon their Oaths pronounced him GUILTY.

1
The day's far spent, the night comes on apace,
Rebellious man has almost run his race;
This day brings forth the fruits of sin and shame,
Which shews the frailty of the human frame.
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10
Investigate, use every means to find,
This wretched nuisance now to all mankind;
Bring him to justice, let him share his fate,
See if his life must have a longer date.
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12
The judges speak, and all with doe consent,
Firmly agree he has his life mispent;
The proof's so strong they do in conscience say,
He for all this his life at last must pay.
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17
The Day's appointed that this must take place,
A grief uncommon covers every face;
This is the Day, the mournful Hour is nigh,
Man in the Morning of his Life must die.

Broadside at American Memory, printed in Boston, Oct. 3, 1773. Complete with a drawing of the gallows, the hangman on a ladder doing the honors, and hanged Levi Ames.