September 21, 1744

1744 September 21 (Friday).  We understand that the Prisoner took on much last Night when he had his Irons put on again.  Mr. Campbell and I visited him before his Sentence.  I receiv’d the Judges Request to pray with the Court.  Judge Dudley[1] pronounc’d the sentence of Death upon him.[2]  He Confess’d that what the Justice (Chandler) and the Minister (Mr. Burr) had Said (namely of his Confession in the Jayl at his first Committment) was true, though he Stood to it that the Rutland men testify’d was, Two words to one, wrong.  Din’d at Colonel Chandlers, and returned home.  Returning home heard that old Mrs. Goodenow was Dead, and this Day to be bury’d.  Mr. Cushing was gone to the Funeral.  I also hastened, waited at Ensign Rice’s, and went to the Grave as the Corps pass’d to it.  May God Sanctifie this Breach upon us!

[1]Paul Dudley of the Superior Court of Judicature.

[2]Edward Fitzpatrick was sentenced to be executed Oct. 18, 1744.  He was the first to be executed for murder in Worcester County.  Jonas Reed, A History of Rutland (Worcester,1836), 183-84.