NC Journal 1792 NC Journal DOBBS COUNTY, ll-21-1792 The following is the Confession of WILLIAM TOWE, who was lately executed at Suffolk in Virginia, for horse-stealing. I, WILLIAM TOWE, now in Suffolk jail, under sentence of death for the crime of horse-stealing, consider my present unhappy situation as the consequence of my own folly. I wish most earnestly that all young people may take warning by my fate, and consider in time what may be the conesquences of a life of sin. By idleness, and above all by bad company, youths beware of being led astray: be assured by me, whom had experience teachers, that one crime will lead to another, and at last may lead to a miserable fate like mine. Had I heard and attended to the dictates of my conscience, I might never have enjoyed health, liberty and happiness, but God is just, and will not suffer sinners to go unpunished. I flatter myself with an interest in the mercies of Christ and hope to die in peace with all mankind and I most earnestly request all whom I have ever injured to forgive me, for Christ's sake. I have nothing more to trouble the world with, but again to beg sinners as they love the good of their salvation, to turn unto the arms of their merciful Redeemer, and endeavour to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God. I hope none will be so ungenerous as to mention my disgraceful end, to hurt the feeling of my relations, and that those who owe me any debt accounts will honestly pay them to my widow. Committing my soul into the hand and care of that great and merciful Being, who first gave it me, I now resign my life into the hands of the Executioner. I must, however, before I go, request those gentlemen in Dobb's County, who follow unlawful practices, to quit them in time, before it is too late. I return Mr. More, Jailer, thanks for his humane ???age while under his charge, and to those Gentlemen and Ladies in Sulfork who interested themselves, in my behalf, though unsuccessfully. WILLIAM TOWE.
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