11 September 1811 – Arthur Bailey

Arthur Bailey was hanged in Bath for stealing correspondence from the post office.

He was a clerk there and it was his failure to follow the letter of the law that secured him a featurette in the ‘Newgate Calendar’ for his underhand activities.

And while loads of letters had gone AWOL up to that point, even until his death in 1811 Bailey maintained that he had stolen only one letter.

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