Edward Marcus Despard

Fellow Citizens: I come here to suffer death upon the scaffold for a crime of which I protest I am not guilty. His Majesty’s ministers will destroy a man because he has been a friend to truth, to liberty and to justice, because he has been a friend to the poor and oppressed. But Citizens, I hope and trust that the principles of freedom, of humanity, and of justice, will finally triumph over falsehood, tyranny and delusion. I wish you all health, happiness and freedom, which I have endeavored, so far as was in my power, to procure for you, and for mankind in general.

Speech from the gallows, 21 February 1803, London

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One response to “Edward Marcus Despard

  1. tim steele

    I am a descendent of the above.

    Thanks

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