CHARLES HIBBERTMargaret's Place, Walcot, Bath
An earlier entry in this topic notes a 'J. Hibbert' , an engraver of 8, Chapel Row, Bath, see: viewtopic.php?f=38&t=23435&p=56505&hilit=hibbert#p56505
, who is likely to be identified with Charles Hibbert, an engraver, who was executed at Bath in 1819:Execution of Charles Hibbert, of the city of Bath, engraver, for having in his possession a copper-plate, for the purpose of printing notes of the Bank of England; communicated by a person who attended the unhappy man in his last hours.—(From the Hampshire Telegraph.)
Hibbert slept the night previous to his execution very sound, and awoke about four o'clock on Wednesday morning, apparently quite tranquil. He was taken to the chapel, and at nine o'clock he partook of the Holy Sacrament. At half past ten the Under Sheriff attended, and the knell tolled the signal for the execution. Hibbert ascended the platform, and continued half an hour in earnest prayer with the reverend Chaplain. The executioner then proceeded in his sad office, and every thing being prepared, on Hibbert being left to himself, he called to Mr. Bridle (the humane governor of the county gaol) in a hurry, saying, he should fall, as his head became giddy, and having only one leg, he begged to sit down awhile: here his firmness forsook him for the first time; he was in great alarm and agony of mind; hassocks were brought from the chapel, on which he sat down, from whence, at about twenty minutes before twelve, he rose, and fell, never in this life to rise again! The executioner having proceeded in his sad office, so far that nothing but the falling of the drop remained to complete the career of this unhappy man, he died without a struggle.
He declined addressing the people assembled to witness his execution, saying, if his awful death had no effect, he was sure all he could say would be of no avail, to warn them against committing such crimes as had brought his life to so disgraceful a period. He declared that he had done no injury to the Bank of England, or to any other bank, except that of Messrs. Tylee, Salmon, and Co., of Devizes, and that the whole notes he prepared for issuing of that bank were under the value of £100.
Among the fragments of paper found in his cell, is the following :—" I am thankful for the existence and intellect the Almighty has given me, have no reason at present to doubt his mercy, and hope to resign with submission my immortal part into the hands of my Creator, to be disposed of as his infinite wisdom and mercy may direct."
In a recent letter to his wife, he sent her the following lines, the production of his muse:—
In the cell for condemn'd I remain;
But these walls show no terrors to me;
On my pillow of straw I exclaim,
" O God! take my spirit to thee"
I see through the bars of this place
The birds as they wanton in air,
While I am confined with disgrace,
But am seeking a pardon from pray'r.
If Mercy should dart me a ray,
And I'm destin'd to see you once more,
I will walk in the strait narrow way,
And try to keep sin from my door.
But ah! I reflect with dismay,
I think on the law with a sigh;
It seems in harsh accents to say,
"Thy warrant is issued to die."
Then fit me, O Lord, for the stroke,
On thy mercy and love I depend,
Make easy thy burden and yoke,
To thy will with submission I bend.
Source: The Parlour Portfolio, Or, Post-chaise Companion
- 18208. September. 1819. Charles Hibbert, of Walcot, Bath, engraver, executed for forgery. Age 59.
He was a clever and ingenious engraver, executed for issuing forged notes on the Devizes Bank, resided at Walcot, Bath, and on the premises were found the plate from which the Devizes notes were worked oft, and several plates of notes of the banks of Ireland, Scotland, &c. Said to have been an accomplished forger, and lived in a brothel.
'Old Hibbert' as he was termed, was a one-legged man, and the scene on the scaffold at his execution a remarkable one. He was placed on the drop hand-cuffed, his arms pinioned behind, and the crutch he used to walk with strapped to his side to support him, as he could not use his hands. In this tottering condition, the rope was put round his neck, and the cap drawn over his face, when the poor wretch feeling giddy and faint, called on Bridle doubtless for support, some hassocks were procured for that purpose, and he was partially seated on them. For this last request, and the little extra trouble it occasioned, Bridle was accused of using some inhuman words, which Hunt made a special accusation against him, and at the enquiry it was both positively affirmed and as strongly denied. Immediately after the drop fell, and Hibbert was quivering in mid-air, harnessed in his crutch, irons and pinions, a gaol official catching back the hassocks to prevent their descending after him.
Source: West-Country Stories and Sketches, Biographical and Historical
- William Henry Hamilton Rogers - 1895
Both the J. Hibbert and Charles Hibbert are likely to be identified with William Hibbert:HIBBERT, WILLIAM
(fl. 1760-1800), etcher, practised chiefly at Bath towards the end of the eighteenth century. He etched several heads rather cleverly in the manner of T. Worlidge [q. v.] Among them were portraits of Laurent Delvaux and A. Watteau for Walpole's 'Anecdotes of Painting;' Elizabeth Gulston after Falconet; Walter Harte after Seeman : and various portraits prefixed to literary works or biographies, such as those of Richard Nash, the master of the ceremonies at Bath, John Ray the botanist, and others. He also etched the plates for 'The Amaranth,' a volume of religious poems, published in 1767. Bartolozzi engraved a trade-card for Hibbert, engraver, of 8 Bridge Street, Bath, probably the above.
Source: Dictionary of National Biography