lostproperty. His thriving business required warehouses, branch offices, artisans to make alterations, and a vessel for trade with the Continent. He was finally convicted (1725) of receiving a reward for returning some stolen lace and was hanged at Tyburn. Literary accounts of Wild's career, such as those of Fielding and Defoe, are partly fictional.
See W. R. Irwin, The Making of Jonathan Wild (1941) G. Howson, Thief-Taker General (1970).
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