William Godwin's Diary


John Cashman was found guilty of taking part in the looting of Beckwith’s gunsmiths on Skinner Street, opposite Godwin’s bookshop, during the riots that followed the Spa Fields meeting on 2 December 1816. Cashman was a drunken, penniless Irish sailor and a relatively insignificant figure in the riots, but he was also the only one to be convicted. He was hanged at the scene of his crime – the last time this practice was carried out in England – and angry crowds filled Skinner Street and Snow Hill throughout the day.

See Locke, pp. 282-3. See also Godwin's entry for 2 December 1816.