Examplary the Wrong Way

William Hogarth's The Idle 'Prentice Executed at Tyburn, from the Industry and Idleness series (1747).
William Hogarth’s The Idle ‘Prentice Executed at Tyburn, from the Industry and Idleness series (1747).

If no remedy can be found for these evils [the disorders of the Tyburn procession] it would be better that Malefactors should be put to death in private; for our publick executions are become decoys, that draw in the necessitous, and in effect as cruel as frequent pardons, instead of giving warning they are examplary the wrong way, and encourage where they should deter.

Bernard de Mandeville, Enquiry into the Causes of the Frequent Execution, London, 1725.

Curator: Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organised the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.

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