Execution of a 12 Year Old Boy, 1829

Executions were often advertised or reported in broadsides such as this one, which describes the crimes and confession of a twelve year old boy. Found guilty of petty theft and murder, the boy was sentenced to death at the Old Bailey in 1829. After a lengthy account of the boy's crime, the broadside states 'we hope the dreadful example of this wretched youth may produce a lasting warning to the world at large.' A broadside was a single sheet of paper, printed on one side, and either pasted on a wall like a poster or sold cheaply like a leaflet.