Wrongful Executions

June 13, 1845 

 From the Providence Republican Herald, there is an unsigned letter to the Editor. “I have always been an advocate for the infliction of Capital Punishment for the crime of murder, but I must say, the deplorable use made of the law recently, has entirely changed my mind on the subject.  Since the philanthropists of England have undertaken an examination of the subject, they have ascertained that more than one hundred and fifty have been executed in England, within a few years, who have been proved innocent after their death …… you may say there is not the same danger in our country; but, sir, the danger is becoming great here …..”