Abolition of Capital Punishment

April 12, 1850

John M. Spear writes to Garrison, informing him of the number of people who have signed petitions to the Massachusetts legislature, advocating the Abolition of Capital Punishment. He lists 59 towns, indicating the number of people in each town who signed, a total of 5,618 people.  He indicates that he has been informed that an additional petition, from Nantucket, included twelve hundred signatures.