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ly & dreadfully criminal! Probably in his days, he was
too ardent severe & enthusiastic in his political zeal, even when his aims
were truly liberal & praiseworthy; & he evidently was a man of inflex
ible resolution & indomnitable courage; which courage seems ^ never to have
forsaken him,except, I would most earnestly wish to hope when
to him the unlooked for attack of his deluded associates on the West
gate Hotel
transpired. That diabolical deed completely pros-
trated his previous wonted courage; and may not the failure
of it on that ^ melancholy occasion, infer something favourable in his case
on the score of INTENTION? . . . . In private life, wordly trans-
actions, & the discharge of his late Magisterial duties, unpre-
judiced men will cheerfully asign him a fair & an honour-
able reputation. Not, to my knowledge, till the perpetration
of his late ^most insane act, did he evince a temperament inim
ical to peace an order. His notions of what he considered, po-
pular rights, might by moderate men be deemed extravagant,
but his humanity and regard for social order prior to the recent
fatal catastrophe, have been honourably attested. These
considerations, my Lord, combined with the justly admired
& applauded mildness of her Majesty's Government in con-
ducting the prosecution, embolden your Lordship's Petiti-
oner, most humbly & earnestly to imlpore your Lordship's
kind offices in behalf of the wretched culprit, and, by neces-
sary consequence ^ of his fellow-criminals.
Knowing, my Lord, how Tory hatred against the present
Government rankles & prevails; & how personal & local
prejudice against Frost, rages & predominates, I am
persuaded, my Lord, that the sacrifice of Frost's life
on the Gibbet, would be esteemed as rather a favourable
alternative by the enemies of of both them & him, because
it would serve to excite and inflame to the highest pitch of
violence and fury the antipathy of the Chartists against the
Government. Whilst on the other hand I am as firm
ly persuaded, that it ^ would eminently conduce to the arrest
of the progress, & the extinction of the spirit, of Chartism;
- & what likewise it would in no small degree be ancil
lary to the tranquillity of the country, and the popularity



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