Cherokee Phoenix


Published December, 3, 1831

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Messrs. Butler and Worcester have been condemned to an infamous punishment, and are now confined with thieves, robbers, and murderers. The judge, in pronouncing sentence upon them, thought it necessary gravely to argue, that in the matter alleged in the indictment, they could not have acted from 'any principle of sound religion, or from a rational and discreet desire to serve the cause of piety!' Who ever thought before of proving that a convicted felon could not have been induced to commit his crime by sound religious principle? What court till now attempted to show that 'rational and discreet' piety could not have led to the commission of robbery, or theft, or any other crime associated with these by the law?

There is another singular circumstance. When the 'convicts' arrived at Milledgeville, an officer was instructed to ascertain their views respecting a removal from the disputed territory, if pardoned. Most of them were found disposed to go, and has been recommended as proper objects of executive 'mercy.' They were accordingly discharged on their simple promise to remove. Suppose half a dozen horse-thieves, when brought to the doors of the penitentiary, should be set at liberty together, on a simple promise from each that they would not commit the same crime again? No man ever dreamed of such an absurdity in the administration of justice. But yet more: two of the convicts- Wheeler and one of the Thompsons, we believe-were destitute of recommendations to the executive clemency, and yet were disposed to comply with the proffered terms. Recourse was had to their fellow convicts for information, and Messrs. Butler and Trott stated that they were respectable, 'c. On this they were set at liberty. What a company of 'criminals' these must be! Their testimony to each other's good character is perfectly satisfactory, and their 'word as good as a bond!' Is such the integrity and trustworthiness of criminals in Georgia!---Boston Recorder.