Hanging Not Punishment Enough : for Murtherers, High-way Men, and House-breakers; Offered to the Consideration of the Two Houses of Parliament

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1812 - Capital punishment - 25 pages
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Page 22 - This severity is the more surprising, as he adds, " we need not go far for the reasons of the great numbers and increase of these vermin, for though no times have been without them, yet we may now reasonably believe that after so many thousands of soldiers disbanded, and mariners discharged, many of them are driven upon necessity, and having been used to an idle way of living, care not to work, and many (I fear) cannot if they would.
Page 8 - If Death then be due to a Man, who surreptitiously steals the Value of Five Shillings (as it is made by a late Statute) surely He who puts me in fear of my Life, and breaks the King's Peace, and it may be, murthers me at last, and burns my House, deserves another sort of Censure ;-f. and if the one must die, the other should be made to feel himself die.
Page 7 - So that 1 must beg leave to say, that they who shew no mercy should find none; and if Hanging will not restrain them. Hanging them in Chains, and Starving them, or (if Murtherers and Robbers at the same time, or Night incendiaries) breaking them on the Wheel, or Whipping them to Death, a Roman punishment should.
Page vi - What is punished with severity contrary to our ideas of adequate retribution, will be seldom discovered ; and multitudes will..be suffered to advance from crime to crime, till they deserve death, because, if they had been sooner prosecuted, they would have suffered death before they deserved it. This scheme of invigorating the laws by relaxation, and extirpating wickedness by lenity, is so remote from common practice, that I might reasonably fear to expose it to the...
Page 22 - I might add, that it were not amiss, if after Condemnation they were allowed nothing but Bread and Water; a good way to humble them, and bring them to a sense of their Condition, as to a future state, and to put a stop to their murthering their Keepers, and attempting to break Goal. And it were well, if a Particular Habit (Black the most proper Colour) were assigned them, at least at their Executions; and that they might not be suffered to make their Exits in gay Clothes (as they sometimes do like...
Page 6 - ... and that is your money and goods ; but though this be speciously enough urged, yet I doubt not but the public safety} and happiness may lawfully and reasonably be secured by this way, if it can by no other. No doubt if other methods^ would do, there had never been recourse to death, since that was questionless reserved as the last refuge : — but even that now fails, and so fails, that if some remedy be not found to stop this growing evil, we shall shortly not dare to travel in England, unless,...
Page 5 - Enough made an impassioned plea for aggravated forms of the death penalty, like breaking upon the wheel. Mere hanging, it claimed, was too lenient and insufficiently fearsome for the hardened criminals of the day, and as a result it was no longer safe to walk the streets: Were it not so, our Roads would not be so pester'd with that wicked Generation of Men, nor our Sessions-Paper Monthly, and the Publick News daily full of so many Relations of Robberies and Murthers, and all the Pleasure and Satisfaction...
Page 6 - ... acknowledge also, that the spirit of Christianity disposes us to patience and forbearance, insomuch that when the Roman emperors began to grow Christian, we are informed, That most capital punishments were taken away, and turned into others less sanguinary ; either that they might have longer time for repentance, (an indulgence agreeable to the zeal and piety of those good ages) or that the length and continuance of their punishment might be more exemplary.* And I acknowledge with the wise Quintilian,...
Page 11 - ... that for five men condemned and executed " now," you would hardly have one then...
Page 5 - Men are grown so much more incorrigible, than in our fore-fathers Days, is it not fit that Good Men should grow less merciful to them, since gentler Methods are ineffectual ? I...

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