Although only 23 lines long, this newspaper account of the trial of David Thomas Myers for engaging in homosexual acts gives us a different view of the man who wrote such a heartfelt confession statement: ‘The prisoner was very much affected during the trial and never looked up once, except when the names of the jurors were called forth’.

The difficulty for researchers in finding accounts of men convicted and charged of having sex with other men is highlighted in the language used in reporting the case, where due to the taboo subject matter, the charges of which Myers is accused are deliberately not mentioned: ‘the nature of the case prevents us from giving a full account of this business’.