Seven Curses of London: Encouragers of Disorder

The daring lengths these open encouragers of boy highwaymen and Tyburn Dicks will occasionally go to serve their villainous ends is amazing … by way of giving a fair start to his published account of some thief and murderer, publicly advertised that the buyers of certain numbers would be entitled to a chance of a Prize in a grand distribution of daggers. Specimens of the deadly weapon, made, it may be assumed, after the same fashion as that one with which ‘flash Jack’, in the romance, pinned the police officer in the small of his back …

O’Neill, Gilda. The Good Old Days: Poverty, Crime and Terror in Victorian London (p. 48). Endeavour Press. Kindle Edition.