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073_Page 71Friday. 18. teenth. November. 1842.

A dark gloomy sky, with heavy rain; which at ten oclock, cleared away, leaving in its place a bright sun.shine. The atmosphere mild as spring untill noon, when the wind commenced blowing from the north, in a keen and wintry blast. This day was peculiar, both in its events, and the sudden changes of weather so sudden, and unpleasant. The fate of poor Colt, was to be decided to.day, and the glaring sunshine, seemed to me, a mockery to the heart of the dying man. It may be, the weather by him was unheeded. A strange sadness pervaded every breast to.day; and when the fatal hour arrived,
____dius of persons thronged to gain the final scene of the victim of passion. This grief, the wedding scene, and the fatal self murder will long be re membered by our citizens. in the midst it may be of his dying groans, the dome of the prison was found to be in flames a singular circumstance, yet unexplained. He begged to live until the last hour of sunset, and when the sheriff went to this cell, to bring him out for execution, he beheld him stretched on his bed, with a d___k knife broken in his heart. May God, who is ___ have mercy on his soul, His griefs were greater than he could bear, and if Cain, the first murderer was permitted to go unpunished by his Creator, Why may not he, too find mercy at the bar of God A bright “star” was seen at three oclock to.day, the air was so clear, and transparent. Mother, and Catherine, spent the day with me. Mother had been out but once in three weeks before, her old complaint the Erysypelas, and sore eyes, have kept her in doors. I presented her a pair of black silk stockings; my only pair. and lined shoes, half worn. They wished to take Julie, home with them, but tho cold prevented. We had oysters, pumpkin pies, and Turkey for dinner. I sent for cake to Mrs Sayers three shillings worth. She sent me two cream tarts to taste.


If you missed yesterday’s post,see more on the Colt murder case, at: Murder by Gaslight

Erysipelas:  once called “Saint Anthony Fire” – It is an acute infection of the upper dermis and superficial lymphatics, usually caused by streptococcus bacteria. Symptoms including high fevers, shaking, chills, fatigue, headaches, vomiting, and general illness within 48 hours of the initial infection. The erythematous skin lesion enlarges rapidly and has a sharply demarcated raised edge. It appears as a red, swollen, warm, hardened and painful rash, similar in consistency to an orange peel. For more see Wikipedia.