During a visit to New England in 1686, John Dunton arranged for printing Increase Mather’s execution sermon delivered at James Morgan’s hanging.
Competition to get biographies, confessions, and last dying speeches from criminals to be hung was intense. The Newgate Ordinary led with his accounts.
Newgate Ordinary Paul Lorrain almost surely wrote Memoirs of the Right Villanous John Hall, the Late Famous and Notorious Robber (London, 1708).
In early 19th-century England, ephemeral items of print circulated in far higher numbers of copies than almost all books.