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May 23d . 1806 Visit at sev. places & att Pr. M. at B.r Boy-
25th. Pr. fr. Joh.4.29. Fr. Is. 3.10,11.A. & at B.r (enton's)
    Sawyer's at Ev. fr. 1 Kings 10.4.--9.
26th Att. Pr. M. at Mr. Phillipss.
28th. Quarterly Conf. at Shutesbury Eldr. Montague
    Pr. fr. Rom. 4.8. & Eldr Andrews from Is. 52.7.
    lodge at Br. Job Hastkin's
29th Eldr. Andrews Pr. fr. Jer. 8. 20,21,22.
June 1st. Pr. fr. Luke. 17.32. Fr. & Ps. 18.2. & at Ev. at Mr.
    B. Boyenton's fr. 2. Kings 7.9.
2d. Visit many friends att. Pr. M. at Lieut. Orcutt's
   lodge there.
3d. Pr. at Mr. Luther Stone's fr. Prov. 10.24. Lodge at
   Br. Jos. Osgood's Friends chop for me viz. 3all D. & 4 1/4 D.
4th Hear Eldr. McCullen near Hadley mills fr.
  Acts 17.30 & in the Ev. at Hadley town fr.
  Eph. 6.24. lodge at Mr. Hebbard's.
5th. Att. at ye Execution of Dominick Daley &
   James Halligan. Their Priest Pr. fr. 1 Joh. 3.15.
  1st clause. What a solemn transaction. O that
  God may bless it to the good of me & others.
  return to Hadley mills & Pr. fr. Prov. 10.24. lodge
  at Br. Smith's.
6th. Return home. Eldr. M. Cullen Pr. at our Pr.
   M. fr. Col. 2.6

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Samuel King was a minister for the Baptist Church of Christ in Wendell, Massachusetts. The church was founded in 1799 and until 1819 the congregation met in various public buildings until its own meetinghouse was built. In these diary excerpts from 1806, King mentions where he visited and what he preached. It is interesting to note that on June 5, 1806, he attended the execution of Dominic Daley and James Halligan in Northampton, MA. These two Irish immigrants were accused on May 12, 1805, of killing Marcus Lyon. Despite their insistence that they were innocent, Daley and Halligan were executed in a wave of anti-Irish, anti-Catholic sentiment. King was one of about 15,000 people who viewed the execution. Years later, another man confessed to having committed the murder for which Daley and Halligan were hanged.


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Pages from the Diary of Samuel King

author   Samuel King (1760-1812)
date   1806
location   Wendell, Massachusetts
height   7.25"
width   6.0"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Personal Documents/Diary
accession #   #L12.002

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"Northampton" article on Dealey [Daley] and Halligan from the Hampshire Gazette newspaper

"Irish Immigration" article from the Greenfield Gazette and Franklin Herald newspaper

"Proceedings on the Trial of the Dominic Daley and James Halligan"

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