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severity, or as there are judicious substitutes for the punishment of death.
I shall not inquire how far the right of taking away life on many occasions, which is sanctioned by the law of the land, can be supported on the ground of justice; or how far a greater injury is done by it, than the injury the criminal has himself done. As Christians, it seems that we should be influenced by Christian principles. Now, nothing can be more true, than that Christianity commands us to be tender-hearted one to another, to have a tender forbearance one with another, and to regard one another as brethren. We are taught also that men, independently of their accountableness to their own governments, are accountable for their actions in a future state, and that punishments are unquestionably to follow. But where are our forbearance and our love, where is our regard for the temporal and eternal interests of man,-where is our respect for the principles of the Gospel,if we make the reformation of a criminal a
less object than his punishment; or if we consign him to death in the midst of his sins, without having tried all the means in our power for his recovery?
14th Nov. 1806.
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