- Paul Wells, a young man, was tried for forgery at the Oxford assizes in 1749.
- Wells had altered the date on a bond, so that he would not need to pay it till the next year.
- This case of forgery was technically a capital offence.
- The judge for the trial was a Mr Justice Willes.
- In view of the relatively trivial nature of the forgery, Mr Justice Willes had assured Paul Wells that a pardon was very likely when the judgement and recommendation was sent to the King.
- Unfortunately for Paul Wells, King George II greatly disliked the Prince of Wales who was a good friend of Judge Willes.
- As a result, King George II rejected the judgement (the pardon recommended by Mr Justice Willes).
- Paul Wells was hanged at Oxford on September 1, 1749.
Of Paul Wells it was said that, 'Wine, Dainties, and Women he embrac'd with open Arms, and with great Rapidity rush'd on his Ruin' (Anon. 1749: 8-9). 
 - Anon. (1749) An Authentick Account of the Life of Paul Wells, Gent, Who was Executed at Oxford, Sept. 1. 1749, for Forgery. 2nd ed. London.
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