John Taylor, Martyrdom Account

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pain that I endured at the time, that the cutting was rather a relief than otherwise. A very laughable incident occurred at the time; my wife Leonora went into an adjoining room to pray for me, that I might be sustained during the operation, while on her knees, at prayer a Mrs. Bedell, an old lady of the methodist persuasion, entered and patting Mrs. Taylor on the back with her hand said; “There’s a good lady, pray for God to forgive your sins; pray that you may be converted and the Lord may have mercy on your soul.” The scene was so ludicrous that Mrs. Taylor knew not whether to laugh or be angry. Mrs. Taylor informed me that Mr. Hamilton, the father of the who kept the house, rejoiced at the murder and said in company “that it was done up in the best possible manner style, and Showed good generalship," and she further believed that the other branches of the family sanctioned it; these were the associates of the old lady referred to, and yet she could talk of conversion and saving souls in the midst of blood and murder; such is man and such consistency.
The ball being extracted was the one that first struck me, which I before referred to, it entered on the outside of my left thigh about five inches from my knee, and passing rather obliquely towards my body, had, it would seem, struck the bone; for it was flat[ten]ed out nearly as thin and large as a quarter dollar.
The passed on staying at only a few minutes, and he did not stop untill h[e] got fifty miles from .
There have been various opinions about the complicity of the in the murder; some supposing that he knew all about it, and assisted or winked at its execution. It is somewhat dificult to form [p. 59]
pain I endured at the time, that the cutting was rather a relief than otherwise. A very laughable incident occurred at the time; my wife Leonora went into an adjoining room to pray for me, that I might be sustained during the operation, while on her knees, at prayer a Mrs. Bedell, an old lady of the methodist persuasion, entered and patting Mrs. Taylor on the back with her hand said; “There’s a good lady, pray for God to forgive your sins; pray that you may be converted and the Lord may have mercy on your soul.” The scene was so ludicrous that Mrs. Taylor knew not whether to laugh or be angry. Mrs. Taylor informed me that Mr. Hamilton, the father of the who kept the house, rejoiced at the murder and said in company “that it was done up in the best possible style, and Showed good generalship," and she further believed that the other branches of the family sanctioned it; these were the associates of the old lady referred to, and yet she could talk of conversion and saving souls in the midst of blood and murder; such is man and such consistency.
The ball being extracted was the one that first struck me, which I before referred to, it entered on the outside of my left thigh about five inches from my knee, and passing rather obliquely towards my body, had, it would seem, struck the bone; for it was flattened out nearly as thin and large as a quarter dollar.
The passed on staying at only a few minutes, and he did not stop untill he got fifty miles from .
There have been various opinions about the complicity of the in the murder; some supposing that he knew all about it, and assisted or winked at its execution. It is somewhat dificult to form [p. 59]
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