Manuscript
Page: Front

Reprieve for Henry McCulloch & Jason Parmenter

Page: Front | Back
Date: July 25, 1787
About this artifact

When John Hancock became governor of Massachusetts in 1787, his administration seemed to have no desire to continue the policies of the previous governor, James Bowdoin. People were worried that there would be repercussions, including more bloodshed, if anyone was executed. This reprieve put the hanging of Henry McCulloch and Jason Parmenter off until September, giving the governor and the governor's council more time to formulate policies.

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Courtesy Massachusetts State Archives, Boston, MA