ue of mercy or escape closed.
His friends told him there was still a slight gleam of hope.
He responded that he himself entertained none, nor would exchange, he declared, the penalty of death for the living death of perpetual or indefinite imprisonment; he preferred an open grave to a vault.
General Dix allowed his friends to visit him freely.
Ministers of his own Church brought him the holy unction of their message, and those of other denominations called on similar errands.
The Rev. Joshua Van Dyke visited him on the day before his execution and writes: I found him to be all that you had described him, and much more.
He was confined in a narrow and gloomy cell, with a lamp burning at mid-day; but he received me with as much ease as if he were in his own parlor, and his conversation revealed at every turn the gentleman, the scholar and the Christian.
There was no bravado, no strained heroism, no excitement in his words or manner, but a quiet trust in God, and a composure in v