I here transcribe the addresses of the man who was executed at Crawfish-town a few days since. The first address, which I give below, he requested me to write for him, when he was about to be executed. In the morning, while the sun was yet low, I penned it for him, on the same day on which he was to be hung at noon, April 18, 1828.
These are his words: "This day I address you, my Uncles, that you may abandon the practice of drunkenness. Forsake all evil, ye whom I leave behind. I desire you to believe that the practice of drunkenness which you follow is evil. Follow that which is good. Abandon drunkenness. If you believe, we shall meet again. I have relinquished my sins to God, who only, I believe, is able to save me.- Do ye also the same. Truly drunkenness is exceedingly evil, for you see before you the end of my life; my intemperance is the cause of it. Therefore it is that I request you to forsake it. Do not fail to regard what I say, now that I am delivering to you my last words; for this day I shall leave my present life.
To you also, my brothers, I say, follow that which is good. Regard my words. This also I say to you respecting our aged parents,-still provide for their support. Do not injure them, for I had promised to support them, and this is my end; forsake them not, but support our parents as long as they live.
Let this be all my address."
The following address also he made when he was just about to be executed.
" I have thought I will speak this day--let them remember my last words. My prayers only are present to my mind [literally cleave fast to me,] I cannot put them away. I endeavor only after that which was spoken to us yesterday.* There is nothing in my heart which does not accord with that place of destination of which they speak. Should that be my destination, we shall meet again, if you believe. Now we are met for the last time. Truly the drunkenness which prevails is a great evil. Forsake it. Follow that which is good. Keep in mind such things as these.
I have also made a request to those who are left behind [my relatives] to forsake the evil of drunkenness. I wish they may regard it. But here is one standing by-he see us.- This is all- I can now say no more."
Friends, Brethren; Let us read and meditate upon the addresses delivered at Crawfishtown, which are here printed. In his first address, made to his relations, his object evidently is to persuade them to forsake the evil of drunkenness and to regard the commands of our maker. And again in his second address he exhorts us all to forsake the evil of drunkenness. Thus it is that when God directs his mercy towards any individual, he is then desirous of forsaking sin, and such is the language which he uses. For it is manifest, that he must forsake sin who would obtain the mercy of God; for God has said in his word. For the language of the beloved Son of God is such as this; "Forsake your sins, and I will give you eternal life and peace." But all the unbelieving our Maker will banish into hell. When we read, let us remember what God has said, that if we believe it will be well with us.
This also let us remember, that in truth drunkenness is exceedingly evil:-
that which he [the criminal] especially exhorts us to forsake. For it
is manifest that the great prevalence of drunkenness amongst us is the source
of multiplied evils. For this man, who was executed, explicitly states
that his intemperance was the cause. And it may easily be perceived, that,
as drunkenness increases in our country so the instances multiply in which
men do injury to each other. This is our greatest enemy. Manifold
are the evils of which drunkenness is the source. I also, therefore, entreat
you to forsake this creator of mischief.
May 3, 1828.
*I suppose Mr. Huss had made an address, after the trial on the preceding day