Samuel Bentham in Hamburg - 18 October, 1779

from Letter from Samuel Bentham to Jeremy Bentham, 19 October 1779, page 322:

I saw a woman executed here yesterday for the Murder of 2 young Children. She was beheaded: for hanging here is the Punishment for theft only. […]

The woman was supported by a man on each side, but, as she passed me she seemed to walk very well and were it not that she was the only woman I should not have known by her countenance that she was the criminal. She was dressed in a dark brown or black gown and clean linnen [sic]. She and the Parson and I believe some of the rest sung as they walked along.

cite as

Samuel Bentham, Letter from Samuel Bentham to Jeremy Bentham, 19 October 1779. In Timothy L.S. Sprigge (ed.), The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham, Vol. 2, 1777–80, volume 2 (London, 2017), p. 322. accessed: 19 April, 2024

location of experience: Hamburg


Samuel Bentham
Inventor, Naval architect

Listening to

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Singing at an execution performed by The condemned woman, The parson

Experience Information

Date/Time 18 October, 1779
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors, in public

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Tue, 09 Jan 2018 12:42:39 +0000
Approved on Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:31:35 +0000