Capital Punishment and Criticism of Garrison

May 17, 1844

Brother Kurtz, a clergyman and editor of Lutheran Observer, is here quoted:
‘A number of individuals, with Mr. Garrison at their head, have been petitioning the Massachusetts Legislature to abolish capital punishment, and, in case their prayer should be denied, they ask that the gallows be erected near a meeting house, that the execution take place on the Sabbath day, and that the minister be the executioner’  We give the foregoing to show where this notorious individual has got to. What will be his next step, time alone will tell.”