Capital Punishment

Capital Punishment.   If public opinion does not soon become settled on the subject of Capital Punishment, there will be but little fear  of any punishment for murder.  As it now is, justice if not meted out for this crime.  It is becoming so repugnant to the better feelings of human nature to take from a man what cannot be returned, that it is difficult to find a jury that will bring a verdict of guilty, when they are aware of its fatal consequences.  It is desirable that this question should be definitely settled, and some other more humane punishment substituted.  — Haverhill Gazette

                                          (Liberator,   March 15, 1844, pg 4)