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The History Of the remarkable Life of John Sheppard, 
Robberies and Escapes


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TO THE CITIZENSOLondon and
Westminster.
GENTLEMEN,
Experience has confirm'd you in that everlasting Maxim, that there
is no other way to protect the Innocent, but by Punishing the
Guilty.
Crimes ever were, and ever must be unavoidably frequent in such
populous Cities as yours are, being the necessary Consequences,
either of the Wants, or the Depravity, of the lowest part of the
humane Species.
At this time the most flagrant Offences, as Burning of Dwellings;
Burglaries, and Highway Robberies abound; and Frauds common
Felonies, and Forgeries are practic'd without Number; thus not
only your Properties, but even your very Lives are every way
struck at.
The Legislative Power has not been wanting in providing
necessary and wholesome Laws against these Evils, the executive
part whereof (according to your great Privileges) is lodged in your
own Hands: And the Administration hath at all times applyed
proper Remedies and Regulations to the Defects which have
happen'd in the Magistracy more immediately under their
Jurisdiction.
Through the just and salutary Severities of the Magistrates, publick
excessive Gaming has been in a manner Surpress'd; and some late
Examples of divine Vengeance have overtaken certain of the most
notorious lewd Prostitutes of the Town, which together with the
laudable endeavours of the great and worthy Societies, has given
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