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A NEW-ENGLAND TALE.
CHAPTER XV.


———————Even-handed justice
Commends the ingredients of our poison'd
Chalice, to our own lips.
 Macbeth


David Wilson, not long after the affair of the robbery of his mother's desk, went to New- York, in order to see bis comrades, who were imprisoned there, and, if possible, to abate their demands on his purse. He succeeded in doing this; but having fallen in (attracted doubtless by natural afinities) with other companions as wicked, and more desperate, he soon spent in that city, which affords remarkable facilities for ridding men of their money, all that remained of the five hundred dollars. He preyed on others for a little time, as he had been their prey; and, finally reduced to extreme want, he joined two of his new associates in the attempt on the southern mail, which ended in his detection and commitment to jail in Philadelphia, where he was now awaiting a capital trial. A particular account of the whole affair, accompanied with letters from her son, was transmitted