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aniATi or AncnniAii t,. mates,
i 'of munuEii,
Before the Bennington Co. Court, Dec. Term, ISO?,
S. II. Bmckmi-.ii. State's Allnrimv.
ComsrljTot Prisoner. Hnrninn Canfield, Daniel Rob
. i . erta Irnn4. Wrn. S. SDuyjivgrtlnLar'a'
Lrt l 1-Ill4, llln ! .. .i. - I . -. . ..
or four years, the prisoner stated tiiat the deceas
ed should not live to enjoy my property, where I
now live. At the second time he tolil mo lm nut
rviiKivouic; iiiu iiinu certain, uui wmiiii t iron
'" hA 1 " " J? "''ro. !
member there is a God in Heaven who mln nil
these things ; after I made this remark, he said
it. was in his power to prevent it, and he should 1
do it. On the night of the 2d of October last, I
1 was coming in from work and met him in the 1
orchard, had some conversation in respect to pro-1
perty, one word brought on another, and he ap-1
pearcd very angry ; I started along to go towards !
the house, he also started and went a few steps,
took up a niece of chestnut rail about ninlit fi.pt' I
long. Stenned in trrnnt fnrvinnn
1 ii 'i 11 J . S i" ,
Snw'ln 'n out. mo Srnt agitation,
'how long will you idolize that yellow haired
brute of a woman.'' I asked him if he thought I
I was so old and childish that I did not under-
stand my own business ;-he then said I should !
, a, aimium in iroume mat niglit
than I ever s-iw 111 mv life before. I then tnrTn,l
Knn tnnrii nc n -nn4 1 1 1 .1 . 1
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waiiicu nackwards and forward, took his Mother's I
nanu, shook it and bade Ii
'11 in 1 1 ,,auc .?r. a ,0,,g d lading !
uii. ucn ne stalled 1 not much a arn..il
anu watciied turn, he Ft.iricd from the door and
went hastily into the road, crossed tlm mm) iitwl
1 t r, .
got into the lot, seemed to run, appeared urged
on by anger or fear, he went straight across to
wards the place of his residence. From that
time my son Philorman being busy in his con
cerns, doing chores. I soucrht an nnnnrinnli,,
talk with him. lie went into my room and into
the bed-room in the north-east corner of tlm
house, the w ndow is nr. tlm ,n. :.i r.....
. . . . ; , ". piuu, iuui 01
sent Tt , bn'f ,S f VT T Vh V?"" ,00,C a
sea at the foot of the bed, I at his left hand
far lies off from the window ; I had just clo,ed
telling Inn. what my fears were in respect to him-
sell and lamily, when there was the report of a
gnu at the north side of the house, west of us.
e uoin spiang on our tect and saw a man run-!
niua: nivson I'lnlormnii lining .,nor,.o. .i.
(low, he had the first sight or him ; I saw the man
nfter he had a chance to move from the place
where the gun wan fired, about twenty feet, he
....o iTniiui hlviwi oi an applo-lrco on tlio noil i
Dl.ln l. N. . 1 . - ' .Ill I .
the n'oo by tlio road, he appeared to jump over
1 I lmia I . i IIIW , -MLII 11 f "l, .i.i li
the fnice, ran down a roud and skulked behind
tbe i'"d of a wall under some butternut-trees, I
then started out and went to the fence determin
ed to know who it was, as 1 reached the fence
heard the infant cry, I turned, went in and saw
the woman on the floor and discovered that she
was shot, her husband trying to raise her up, ap-, I
peared to be unable, called for help, they got her
up anu iaia uer ou me uco.
Q. How long did she live ?
A. A short time, an hour, perhaps more.
Q. Did the prisoner at the timo he was in the
orchard take up an apple ?
A. He did, bit it and threw it down.
I omitted saying after he told me the woman
should not live, he stretched out his arm, and said
"Oh if I durst." His appearance struck mo
sensibly that some of the family were in immi
Q. How many times had he made these
Q. Had he been on intimate terms with the
A. vile had not been in the room where Phi
Jorroaii.livM for two or three years, but in mine.
Q. Did you know the man who ran past the
A. No. From my alarm and the motion of
the man I was forcibly struck with the idea that
it was the prisoner at the bar.
Q. 'When and where were the previous threats
A. I cannot state.
Cl. Did you relate at the examination what
you have now said, of prisoner's language about
the yellow-haired brute, biting the apple and ,
breaking tlm mil '
A. I have since recollected some things that
I did not remember at the examination.
CI. Did you not say that you could not give
the exact language of the prisoner only the idea ?
A. I did not pretend to give it word for word,
but the substance.
Q- You say the prisoner was very much agi
Q. Did he appear to be out of his head ?
U. Did you not on examination say you did
not see the individual until he was in the shade of
ifr shade of apple-tree.
Q. How did you know the gun was fired near
the houso ?
A. It was my impression.
Q. In what direction is Sylvanus Bates'
A. Near northerly.
CI. In what direction did the man run ?
A. In a north-easterly direction, not exactly.
Q. Whcro is the wall ?
A. On side of the house.
Q.. What distance is tho apple-tree from tho
CI. Where is your door yardgatol
A. From West end of house gate is West of
Q. Wheredid your son go when lie parted
from his mother
A . Northwardl y .
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jrmtjorcvrr: I stepped along, he then loaded potatoes, ucnt to t he bam, m ian.oc 1
11I this woman, Philorman Bates' wife, should returned in tl. l 1. .,:' . " V1"10,?0'
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live to en ov that nrmwri.. 1 , ' .1... T .1 i '"a " ,u """ii-'O,
IIIIATTIRBOIIO, VI. IH-JUStlkv, FEBKUARY 28, I8.
Q. Did you take a enndfe into the bed-room
w hen you went in with Philorrnnn ?
Q.t Aro you father okrespondent ?
Q. Did you furnish thcin ?
CI. When prisoner went out of the house af-
ter parting will, his moule'r wn d Z
A. An Easterly course. .
Q. What is the distance to Sylvanus Bates ?
A. About !20U rods.
d. What time was it
A. About sunset.
Q. How I0112 before the
A. She was shot a little atter 7 o'clock, P. M.
HILOIIMAN BATES, Sworn-
lU IIIIIK. Set tiai S 111 III k-rnnm mwl
washed me, and went into the kite J on. I "atl i!
asked me to go into his room I folmw.'. I.im ?
the bed-roon lie to W nc nv brot l nrt ll ?
We heard report of a gu J niHS
a man runnii nr nortb-n.s.nrlv V. .i ' !
wiierp my wi e was s ttin-r. he ran betwivt
Siln.7R.n n..,l .tnt, 1. . . , lw xt 0,1 nP"
for hanging clothes, he got on I
. MHO 1U
niV Wile's an tnf'
I L'ave the r.liild in mv rnii.. 1 ... .!
to raise up my wife, but was unabln. r.n u ,A
b r..i i, i.i.i . i... i... ' . . j
lav her on tlm l.n.i
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x r.t i Hinuow 1 perceived there was a ball
iiuiu in mu Hiiiuow. 1 sent tiie hired
iuurin iiie neignuors. tie went.
CI. At what time did you sec the man after
e gun was lired .'
1 1110 Jju
A. I took but a step.
U. hat distance was tlm
man from the
A. He was about 12 nr R fnm rv, .1 :
.i 1 ..." . ,u "om 1110 win
uuiv in. uru my wile was s iot.
Q 1,1 w,,nt I,('sitio "ns he ?
A.-Hc was partly upon a wheel and a run
Q.-Was he 1. si adi of treesT
you stood I
distance was the man from where
A. Twenty-five feet.
-Did you know the man ?
A. I have no reasonable doubts tlm n;i.
was very light, the man had a gun in his hand" it
was my i.rotner, the prisoner ; I knew him when 1
O Urnm wlmt villi J..,! Il ,n K
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his appearance, his look and his
motion, lie runs lower than common men. 1
cannot be mistaken. i
CI. What do you know of his previous threats J j
A. About three or four years since ho said if
did not remove her he would be the death of
her if he sufl'ered his own life in consequence.
i ne grudge nas never necn removed, and he has
ever shown the same feelings.
CI. What did you do after this threat?
A. We removed our lodgings to another room
about a week afterwards, to a room where we
thought we should be more safe.
Q. Did you ever remove from the house in
consequence of his threats?
A. Yes; for about a week.
Q. When you saw the man run had he a gun
in his baud ? A. Yes.
Q. How large is the bed-room where you and
your father were ?
A. It is eight feet one way, larger the other.
Q. Did you and your father arrive at the win
dow together ?
A. No. I arrived at the window first.
Q. How do you know ho had a gun?
A. I saw it.
CI. Could you tell whether the barrel of the
gun was bright?
A. It had a brownish glisten.
Q. Was you not liable to be mistaken ?
A. Wc are all liable.
Q. Would not any person under such circum
stances have ran as he did ?
A. I never saw a man run like him ; it was
a low equat run.
Q. How high were the windows from the
ii feet, perhaps .'5 1-2.
In what position was the gun ?
A. It was swinging I should say in his right
Q. Did he apply to you for help for his do-,
fence, and you refuse ? I
A. Yes ; I thought it my duty. I
Q,. Could he have hit the woman by firing,
without kneeling ?
A. I think ho could. ,
Q. Have you not said that you would do all
in your power to procure your biother's convic-
IIEMAN DAVIS, Sworn
I livo with Philorman Bates, on tho 2d of Oct.
1833, the sun about half an hour high, I saw Mr
Archibald L. Bates about half way between the
house and orchard, Mr Philorman Bates and my
self went to the barn and unharnessed, I there
saw him in about the same place going towards
the house: I went in ; Mrs Harriet Bates asked
mo to take her child, which I took and sat dnvvn
by tho window j tho clock struck seven while I
held the child, Mrs Bates sat at the end of the ta
ble; she then took the child, I went out, washed
me, and whilo out, heard a gun ; thought it a
rifle very lightly loaded. Thought it was some
hoy going by and fired a squib. I went in, Phi
lorman said his wife was shot. The child was
nursing ; Philorman said, carry the child to my
Mother : I did. I helped Philorman lay his
wife on the bed. I then went to John Niles's
and alarmed them,
WIlCll 1 Was returning friim m,. T
. . O J nuiiv, a saw
How did j ou know it '!.Ja rifle ?
A rifle gives a sliaper scund than a shot
Was ou knowing. i,
Alifiinfe a bout the bmi
gust, i slept in fries barn.
JI'o ncrson cnrmi in
the l.nr.. ; in tlm .1." "
foun at the barn door 5 oo,lho I worked with ,
u.ejiay nctorc was bcnit.p.
1 in "T ";S A.r i
-oy ouuiu 1
Q. Are not son
of vour neighbors !n
habit of going 'coo hunting ?
A. Not that I (flow of.
Where was (he old lady, and had she
She was in llr room, and had a light.
GARDNER W. BATES. Suorn
Q. How old arewou ?
A. Eleven years!
Q. Did you sec Archibald L. Bates on the
night of the second if Octobet f
A. Yes, I saw hii take a r le from the hooks
and go towards the wod-shed.
Q. Where did the iillc hanr?
A. Over head in thekitclier. It bcluncs to
Sylvanus Bales. I
Q. Is this the rifle 1 , t
" IIow loll (Ii1 e stay jlhon he ca"ine in ?
w- um. .v(7Je i!aKi7!er vvheiTliir
met uumu in I
How long was it beforcthat tlint
Archibald L. Bates? I
A. Five or ten minutes. Ta was going right
West, on the South side of thflhousc. He was
lnst nf tlm Hr.ii. a., i ViV . en over your suouiuer anu saw Arcnioa d u.
ijast ot the aotitli door and .oinir Wnst uii nr.. jl i ,. .
his hand. j
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Did you sec him again hat night?
Who was in the room vhen he took the
Minerva, Almira. and J
Q. Did you, at the examination, say you saw
Archibald L. Bates out of dtfrs?
A. No, I did not think of it.
Q. How do you know he went into the wood
house ? r
A. I looked out of the winSow.
Q. Where was you when Rollin Blackmer
came in ?
A. Sitting in the house.
CI. Did you see Archibald T.. Ttntra u.itli n
Su ' ls hand?
A Ye-'' 1 u'as 90t" more t
L. BatCih llilll Oil lAS llCad f 1
a rod or a rod
A. I do not, I bclioie it r.ls a straw hat.
MINERVA BATES, Sworn
Says she saw Archibald L. Bates take the gun
from the hooks anil go towards the wood-shed.
Q.. When did you see him again?
A. In a short time he came in and stayed a
little while and then went out. Says Archibald
L. Bates had been in a short time when Rollin
Q,. When did you sec the gun again ?
A. Next morning. Archibald L. Bales sat
in a chair when Rollin Blackmcr came in and
told him that Harriet was killed. Archibald h
is it posfible that life has li ft that i
His wife said to him, "what an awful I
thing this is I" He replied, "justice must take
place some time or other."
Q. Did you testify before the examination that
you heard these expressions ?
A. I think I did not, for I did not think of it.
What was Archibald L. Bates' appear-
No different from usual.
Was you looking at him ?
What time diJJiijjjit the last time?
It was candle light.
Had the family been to supper?
Was Mr Bates in tho habit of using this
gun when he pleased?
A. He was.
Q. Did you ever before know him to take it
in the night ?
ROLLIN G. BLACKMER, Sworn
Says he heard some one call for his father : it
was John Niles's son. He said that somebody
had shot Philorman Bates's wife. When I rode
in front of the house, Beniairiin Olin and John
Niles were in the road, and requested mo to go
and see if Archibald L. Bates was there. Went 1
into the kitchen, told the family that Philorman
Bates's wife was shot. I asked if Archibald L.
Bates was there! He said yes, spoke loud.
Sat a minute or two, saw Archibald L. Bates sit-1
ting by the fire-place, went in and told him Phi-1
lorman Bates's wife was shot. He. .said, "is it
possible that life hat, left that woman ?" he re-'
peated it. Just after I went in I observed ho i
had some dirt on the right knee of his pantaloons.
He crossed his legs the left over the right. His
left shoe was wet two-thiuls of the way up the
quarters. - . mL
Q. Did you noTfco any thing about his breath
gf A. I thought ho breathed harder than usual.
Q. Did he look up while you was in ?
A. I think not.
Ct. Is ho your relative?
CI. How far do you live from Sylvanus Bates's?
A. About a mile.
Q. Did you at Shaftsbury testify that the left
shoo was wet J
A. I think I did.
Q. Did you ask Sylvanus Bates if Archibald
L. Bates had been there all the evening ?
A. I did and he said he had not.
Q. How long did it take you to go to Philor
man Bates's and from there to Sylvanus Bates's?
A. Ten minutes.
SYLVANUS BATES Sworn
Q. Do you know this rifle"
A. Yes it is mine I TJvUl it l..,,;
on the hooks. iTSo
mo hfvw.-ic rroir, .1.1 "-
T , "'. V'"."'' ,a" "3 3 wan DUCKUIO
this ho ca in. v t into XT "
aaitl ,vlli!o t n, annnnr ; ;"" t. '
t0 !,,e cas,-roo' O.
a ". oniyti j uiu
"Hiiui ttus tiLBUiiniT. Jiirnr cminnr 1 n-nnt
uiiiuKiner cniue ill. ten minutes before timt I hnnnl
! some one in room, looked, saw that it was Archi
uaid L,. Uatcs.
Rollin Blackmcr asked if Archibald L. Bates
was in the house. I told him he was in the south
entry or up stairs. I went out at the cast dnnr.
Archibald L. Bates was sitting back of the stove
between that and the fire-place. Blackmcr told
him Philorman's wife was shot j I did not hear
Q. Where did vou find the pun ?
A. I found the gun in the cast r
Q. Where did you find the ramrod ?
A. About a rod from the hog-pen.
U. Are these balls and patches suitable for
that rifle? A. Yes.
Gt. Should )ou think that ball similar ?
A. It appears to be about the same.
Q. What is the difference between the report
of a gun and a rillc J
A. A rille makes a sharper noise.
(2. Did you find another gun loaded in the
A. .'did. .1 saw .Hint- lJjght iho'-nSn' was
Q. Is there a passage from the east room to
Q. Did you before examination, say you look-
1 I II 1 . ..f.T
xiaics i iv. i uiu.
Q. Is that a smooth or creased rifle ?
A. It is creased.
Q. Is it different from other guns?
A. I presume there aro other rifles in the
neighborhood that carry the same sized ball.
Q. Is this cloth such as is commonly used
for patches ?
Q. Do you know of his using the gun the
Sunday before I
A. He and my son went hunting a short
time before, and had this gun.
Thinks it was three-fourths of an hour from
the time Archibald L. Bates left home to the time
of his return. Have myself travelled to Philor
man Bates's and back in half an hour.
JOSHUA W. MUNROE, Sworn
Says he found a powder-horn, seventeen balls,
of October last arrested him a littlu eight
o'clock. 1 went that evening to Philorman
Bates's directly. Mr B. F. Olin directed me to
S. Bates's and see if Archibald L. Bates was there,
and bring Iuui immediately. 1 went, found him
apparently asleep, 1 told him I wished him to go
to Philorman's. lie asked who wanted him, I
told him IS. F. Olin for one. He said he should
not go for B. F. O. I told him he would. He
asked if he should have to go into his brother's
room. I told him I did not know. After I got
him there I searched him and found these things.
Before we got to the house he said he never
s"0llUI S lnl I'l'Horman's room alive.
JOSHUA B. MATTESON, Sworn-
bays Archibald L. Bates has lived with him.
I heard him one morning when looking out of
mv window sav. "that bn wislipil fjiwl in hU mnr.
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1.J HUlllll lyilUlU X 1III1JI lllllll ui 1113 iiiiruuii,
About three weeks before the death ofMrs Bates.
He was in the habit of being out in evenings
half an hour. I used to ask him where ho had
been. Ho said in the orchard eating apples.
We were once talking about Strang's shooting
Whipple, and ho said he believed a ball would go
ugh a window and make no larger hole than
iwn size. This he said to me several times,
d him I had heard that glass would cause a
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ball to glance.
Ile said it would not, he had tri-
cd it to his own satisfaction.
D. HORACE MAY, Swom-
Says on the evening of the 2d of October, he
was called to Philorman Bates's. Mrs Bates was J trition ; and if with a true and sincero faith ;
on the bed, covered with blood. I removed a I with a humble and penitent sense of all your
cloth, found she was wounded with a ball, above transgressions, and of this most foul and aggra
the right eye. She lived about one hour and a ! vated murder, you truly and sincerely repent and
half. After laying back the integuments which cast yourself on the mercy of Gon, you may
cover the bkull found that it was wounded extern- through the merits of the Redeemer attain for-
ally. On dissecting, found a leaden ball in the
hack part of the head, and a bit of brain andiniayyet find mercy and pardon. In the prison
skull. Tho course of the ball was backward
an(' upward and downwards. The portion of the
U0M0 shown was lodged in the brain by the force
of ,,,(5 oa,l-
ELLIOTT BROWN, Sworn
Says on the morning of the 3d of October, ex -
ainiued the head of Mrs Bates, found the ball
had passed through tho brain obliquely, struck
tnc uck part of the head above the left car,
turned downwards, apparently rolled down to the
lower part of tho head ;
found a piece of bone
in centre of the brain.
Witnesses on the part of the Prisoner.
(JL.AKK UA11SS, Sworn
I was :
s fourteen years old last September, I went t0 exclaim with the guilty of old, "rny punish
ing with Archibald L. Bates the Sunday ment " greater than I can bear;" Remember,
the murder, and I think Archibald car- )',ur Heavenly ! ather has declared, that they
ried the riflo and balls, now in court. Archibald
nnrrm.i tlm nmmnniim.. fXr ii,.. in ,,,i
B F OLIN Sworn declared to tho penitent thief on the last day of
Sajs the distance from Sylvanus to Philorman ; hB. existence, that he should be with him in Par
Bates's is about a mile and a quarter by tho ac,'S0,
road. To cross in a direct lino from road at I , Ho" J'0'"" sentence. The sentence of
Philorman's to Sylvanus Bates is two hundred th, La,w w ,,c 1 ,ho court a.wa,dr ls' ,1,at "ou be
rods, Sylvanus's is about fifty rods West. It is taken from the bar to the prison from whence you
thirty-eight feet from the corner of Philorman's came and be there kept until Friday the eighth
house to the West door-yard fence, forty-five feet AW ,of February next, and on that day between
from tho side of the house to tho garden fence, I "l? hollrs of ten, the forenoon and three in tho
garden is West of the house. The apple-tree is frnoon at a place of execution to bo selected
twenty-seven feet North of East corner of the by the sJeff ',u be h,BnJSed. b? tbe "eck unUl
house. Thinks when heard of tho murder of 'ou are dead ntul may God Almighty have mer
Mrs Bates the moon was three hours high and cy on your soul. (See next page.)
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shone very bright. East of the house is low wet
S.ro,und-lWards SvIvanus loud is level
' : nine, men descends -wrst u
I ,i. ' sJ J!!'.?.n .
! X. " . ' "Al '"""""S. " "oum just go thro'
uiunnji fi naicil.
Sill', tlm Pnmn ....... 1. ... 1 . ....
oniiu mi;ii ptuuuccu in court is tlio
same patch that Mr Fisk handed to him.
PELEG FISK, Sworn
Says he thinks the patch produced in court is
the same he found on the morning of the 3d of
October, about a foot and a half from the win
dow. The case was committed to the jury at about
nine o'clock in the evening,, by Chief Justice
Williams, in a terse and feeling charge ; tho
most important part of the testimony was repeat
ed, and presented in its true light to the jury;
the States Attorney discharged his arduous and
responsible duties to the satisfaction of all ; tho
counsel for the prisoner, Messrs. Canfield and
Roberts, won the regard of all present, by their
feeling and ingenious defence of the prisoner;
no effort was omitted on their part, in behalf of
the accused, but the testimony was too clear
and explicit for their efforts to avail him ; guilt of
the deepest die was shown throughout the whole
testimony. The jury after an absence of about
fifteen minutes, returned a verdict of GUILTY.
-Acirnm.vaTi ,7.i... ... i, ti yayc'Tywrsy. '
dieted by the Grand Jury for the crime otVMUIt
DER ! A trial has been had by a petit jury, in
which you was ably and ingeniously defended by
le.irnedrcounscl, and every thing urged in your
behalf which the law or testimony would warrant.
That jury have declared you guilty. In tho opin
ion and by the verdict of twenty-four judicious
and disinterested freeholders, men who could
have no other motive than to investigate the truth
and determine accordingly, you are convicted of
a most aggravated murder, one attended with cir
cumstances, which strike the mind with horror,
and is calculated to alarm and carry terror wher
ever it is heard of. It is unnecessary for me to
recall to your mind the circumstances which
have placed you in this situation, and to harrow
up your feelings, by a recital of the evidence of
your guilt. It is sufficient to say, that you stand
before us convicted of murder, and that the proof
of your crime is too strong to be resisted. It re
mains for the court to award the last and the
highest penalty known to the law, and to pro
nounce the sentence which consigns you to an
ignominious death. To award a sentence which
sends a fellow mortal into the presence of his
Maker and his Omniscient Judge is a painful
excused could I consult my own feelings alone ;
but it is one which as a Minister of justice I may
not and cannot decline. A fellow being, stand
ing in a near relation to you by affinity, has been
by your means, almost instantly deprived of life
and sent to her account; and this done to gratify
a malignant and depraved disposition. It is nei
ther excuse nor palliation of the offence, that you
was dissatisfied with tho manner, in which tho
property of your father was managed, If you
was actuated by a desire or wish to participate in
his property, or if you was envious at the pros
perity of your father, your brother or your sister-in-law,
it is but another proof that avarice and
the love of money is the very root and source of
bitterness and evil.
We can give you no encouragement that the
prerogative of pardon will bo exercised in your
behalf. Nothing was disclosed on the trial which
can justify you in entertaining any such hope.
The crime is so great, and the transaction so ap
palling as to forbid all hopes of your escaping the
punishment, wh'.ch most civilized nations have
appropriated to the crime. Tho sentence of tho
' law will limit the days of your continuance on
earth, and fix the period when you must appe
j in the presence of your God, who cannoTbe d
, ceived as to your motives, thoughts, or actions.-
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The victim of your crime, was hurried from this
world, with scarce an opportunity of uttering a
prayer or a supplication for mercy. You will
have timo for reflection, for penitence, and con-
' giveness of your sins. Guilty as you are, you
where you will remain from this to the day of
your execution, you will have time and opportu-
I "i'y for reflection. In silence and in solitude,
I you can rec!l" ,0 your m'n(1 tlie events of your
I life, your transgressions, and your crimes. Let
1 nie beseech you to employ this time in deep and
sincere penitence and contrition for all your past
offences. Should the voice of blood cry to you
i from tho ground ; should your imagination call
, beforo you the image of the unfortunate being
1 you so cruelly murdered ; should the scenes of
I guilt and misery render this silence and solitude
almost insupportable, and in the agony of a con
victed and wounded conscience you should be led
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who seek him in the way of his appointment shall
i surely bo found of him ; and that your Redeemer