Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
A wealthy London merchant, turned rogue.
An assessment of the man and his fate from the Newgate Calendar:http://www.exclassics.com/newgate/ng23.htm(Todd Bernhardt noted that the year was actually 1664 per the revised calendar.)
Sam had a different impression than Turner's bio in the Newgate Calendar provides, and calls him "...a mad, swearing, confident fellow, well known by all, and by me...a known rogue he was." http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1664/01/10/#ann...
Contemporary accounts of his execution and an admonitory life:-
The speech and deportment of Col. Iames Turner at his execution in Leaden-Hall-street, January 21. 1663. Who was condemned for felony and burglary, in breaking up the house and robbing of Mr. Francis Tryon merchant, living in Limestreet, London. Licensed.London : printed by William Godbid for Nath. Brook at the Angel in Cornhill, and Henry Marsh at the Princes Arms in Chancery-lane, 1663 [i.e 1664]22 p. ; 4⁰.
Wing (2nd ed.), T3293 There appear to be two separate editions with the same imprint.
The triumph of truth: in an exact and impartial relation of the life and conversation of Col. Iames Turner which he imparted to an intimate friend a little before his execution. To which is added, his deportment and discourses in prison: the manner of his execution and burial. With other occurrences never yet made publique, and now published as a seasonable warning for others to avoid such strange miscarriages.London : printed by W[illiam]. G[odbid]. for Nath. Brook at the Angel in Cornhill, and Hen. Marsh at the Princes Arms in Chancery-Lane, 1663. 
, 32 p.; 4⁰.Wing (2nd ed.), T2293
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