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Lot 1270/0217

Estimate: €700-900

Pierrepoint (Thomas, executioner) An interesting A.L.S. dated 31 December 1923, from his home address near Bradford, Yorkshire, acknowledging receipt of a cheque for £25-3-0′ being remunerations and expences in connection with the execution of Peter Hines at Mountjoy 15 December 1923, £10-0-0 for my fees and £6-0-0 expences and also £3-0-0 for assistants fees and £6-0-0 expences,’ with a good signature partly over a revenue stamp. Single sheet, pierced for filing, top corner torn without loss.
A macabre item. The Free State did not employ an executioner for civil cases, and the British hangman, Pierrepoint, was employed when necessary on a freelance bases.
It is interesting that the word ‘expences’ (recte ‘expenses’) is mis-spelled three times in this document. (1)

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