a departure from their old forms, because he considered it useful, especially to the young, to carry the cross of being marked and set apart from the world.
But though he was thus strict in what he required of those who had been educated as Quakers, he placed no barrier between himself and people of other sects.
He loved a righteous man, and sympathized with an unfortunate one, without reference to his denomination.
In fact, many of his warmest and dearest friends were not members of his own religious society.
Early in life he formed an unfavorable opinion of the effect of capital punishment.
His uncle Tatum considered it a useful moral lesson to take all his apprentices to hear the tragedy of George Barnwell
, and to witness public executions.
On one of these occasions, he saw five men hung at once.
His habits of shrewd observation soon led him to conclude that such spectacles generally had a very hardening and bad influence on those who witnessed them, or heard them much talked about.
In riper years, his mind was deeply interested in the subject, and he read and reflected upon it a great deal.
The result of his investigations was a settled conviction that executions did not tend to diminish crime, but rather to increase it, by their demoralizing effect on the community.
He regarded them with abhorrence,