12-18 February 1735

  • Thur 17 Feb:  The infamously brutal Essex gang was broken up.  The gang specialized in deer poaching and violent robberies and assault.  Members included: “Samuel Gregory, his brothers Jeremiah and Jasper, Joseph Rose, Mary Brazier, John Jones, Thomas Rowden, and a young John Wheeler” (x), and was for a period connected to Dick Turpin, the notorious English highwayman.  The caught members (not including Turpin) were hanged, except Brazier, who was exiled to the colonies, and Wheeler, whose confession made the  gang’s defeat possible and who was freed and died of presumably natural causes.
  • Fri 18 Feb:  Benjamin Franklin publishes another article in The Pennsylvania Gazette, this one entitled “Self-Denial Not the Essence of Virtue.”  Benjamin, that was already evident from your prior behavior.  Not strictly necessary.

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