The Newgate Calendar was one of those books, along with a Bible,
Foxe's book of Martyrs and the Pilgrim's Progress, most likely to be found
in any English home between 1750 and 1850.
Children were encouraged to read it because it was believed to inculcate
principles of right living -- by fear of punishment if not by the dull and
earnest morals appended to the stories of highwaymen and other felons.