Capital Punishment

January 3, 1845

A meeting held at which Garrison and others resolve to petition the legislature to “abolish capital punishment in this Commonwealth”.  Includes the following:  ” Resolved,  That it is among the glorious objects of Christianity to save men’s lives, not to destroy them – to abolish the gallows and every other instrument of inhumanity, as well as war and slavery – to reclaim the criminal and not to ruin him – to overcome evil with good , and not to extract eye for eye, or tooth for tooth, or life for life.”