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London Stories: Going to see a man Hanged by William Makepeace Thackeray

In 1840 Francois Courvoisier was hanged outside the Newgate Prison for the crime of murdering his employer. Executions were a public spectacle those days, so 40,000 people gathered to witness the morbid affair of Courvoisier facing death. In the crowd was William Makepeace Thackeray and in his essay Going to see a man Hanged Thackeray […]