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Context of The trial at large of James Hill, otherwise James Hind, otherwise James Aitken, commonly known by the name of John the Painter : who was tried and convicted at the assizes held at Winchester, on Thursday March 6, 1777, and executed and hung in chains, at Portsmouth, on Monday March 10, for setting fire to the rope-house in his Majesty's dock-yard at Portsmouth, on Saturday the 7th of December, 1776 ; together with the confession he made before magistrates and to Commissioner Gambier; and an account of his behaviour at the time of his execution ; also, the particulars of his life, previous to his setting fire to the dock-yard, which he gave to Mr. White, Keeper of the Goal at Winchester
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