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Jack Sheppard accomplished three remarkable escapes from the prisons of Clerkenwell and Newgate. In the most celebrated of these escapes he effected his release unaided and alone, in darkness, and with merely a nail and an iron bar (wrenched from a chimney) for "tools."
His pluck, gaiety, strength, and endurance, and the bravery with which he met his cruel death at the gallows at the age of twenty-two, have tinted his otherwise sordid story with pitiful romance. This volume provides a full account of Jack Sheppard's life and his Trial in 1724, and includes a rare contemporary memoir of Jonathan Wild who was the associate of Jack Sheppard and the main factor in the early termination of his life.
Horace Bleackley died very suddenly on 30th July, 1931 when he had but lately completed the writing of this, his last, book. He did not live to see the book in print and the editor Harry Hodge asked S. M. Ellis to do the necessary editing and extensions before publication, and add a biographical note which a s a friend of Bleackley, he gladly consented.