Abolition of Capital Punishment

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT  Now that the Legislature is in session, it is time for those who desire to see that relic of barbarism and brutality, that promoter of crime and profligacy, the Gallows, overthrown in this Commonwealth, and an official recognition, in the name of the people, made of the sacredness of human life to be active in circulating, signing and forwarding petitions praying for the immediate and entire abolition of capital punishment. ……………….

                                                                (Liberator, Feb. 9, 1849, pg. 2)