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The Trial and Execution, for Petit Treason, of Mark and Phillis, Slaves of Capt. John Codman

Who Murdered Their Master at Charlestown, Mass., in 1755; for Which the Man Was Hanged and Gibbeted, and the Woman Was Burned to Death. Including, Also, Some Account of Other Punishments by Burning in Massachusetts

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Published: 1883
Language: English
Wordcount: 17,953 / 59 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 96.2
LoC Category: KDZ
Downloads: 396
Added to site: 2008.08.28
mnybks.net#: 21900
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: History
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our'd the Water out of the mug again off from the Barly, and put clean Water into the mug again & cover'd it over that it might boil quick.

Quest. Who pour'd the Water out of the Vial into the Infusion?

Answr. Phoebe did.

Quest. How do you know it?

Answr. I came into the Kitchen and saw her do it.

Quest. Did your master drink the Infusion after that water was so pour'd in?

Answr. He drank one Tea Cup full of it.

Quest. How do you know that Phoebe poured any of the poisoned Water out of the Vial into your Master's Chocalate?

Answr. She told me she had done it.

Quest. When did she tell you so?

Answr. That Same Day.

Quest. Was it before or after your Master eat that Chocalate that the poison'd Water was pour'd into, that She told you so?

Answr. Before he eat it.

Quest. Did you see him eat that Chocalate?

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
2014.12.08
Lisa Carr
****.

I didn't know that Massachusetts was a slave state in 1755; presumably, all the colonies were, until Britain abolished slavery. A husband and wife poisoned their master. She was burned to death, he was hung, then hung in chains until his body rotted (it took at least 3 years).
A happy bit of history.


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