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The Perreaus and Mrs. RuddForgery and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century London$
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Donna Andrew

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520220621

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520220621.001.0001

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To the Hanging Tree

To the Hanging Tree

(p.6) (p.7) One To the Hanging Tree
The Perreaus and Mrs. Rudd

Donna T. Andrew

Randall McGowen

University of California Press

This chapter describes the public execution of seven men hanged for property offenses. It notes that these men were Lyon Abrahams and Saunders Alexander, convicted of burglary, George Lee, a handsome eighteen year old condemned for highway robbery, two coiners, Richard Baker and John Radcliffe, the twin brothers, Daniel and Robert Perreau, convicted of forgery. It further notes that although the brothers had been convicted of forgery, they continued to protest that they were the victims of a beautiful, intelligent, and dangerous courtesan, Mrs. Margaret Caroline Rudd. It relates that when the crime was first detected in March, the brothers insisted on their innocence and alleged that Mrs.Rudd, Daniel's mistress, had entrapped them.

Keywords:   public execution, Lyon Abrahams, Saunders Alexander, George Lee, Richard Baker, John Radcliffe, Daniel and Robert Perreau, forgery, Mrs. Margaret Caroline Rudd, courtesan

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