Quotation by James Boswell

I was not at all shocked with this execution at the time. John died seemingly without much pain. He was effectually hanged, the rope having fixed upon his neck very firmly, and he was allowed to hang near three quarters of an hour; so that any attempt to recover him would have been in vain. I comforted myself in thinking that by giving up the scheme I had avoided much anxiety and uneasiness.
James Boswell (1740–1795), Scottish author. Boswell for the Defence, September 21, 1774, p. 335, McGraw-Hill Book Publishing Company, Inc. (1959).

End of Boswell's scheme to resuscitate his client John Reid, hanged for sheep-stealing.
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