Paul Wells (Hanged For Forgery, 1749)

Paul Wells' Conviction For Forgery:
  • 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.
Quote About Paul Wells:
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). [1]

[1] - 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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