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B 1. Ch.7.

It is by the destruction of life that this crime is
raised to that degree of atrocity which requires
severe punishment.

A most sensible evident analogy points out
the means of punishment, that is, the
drowning of the Criminal, with such accompanying
circumstances as will add to the terror of the
punishment. In a penal Code which should
not admit the punishment of death – the
offender might be drowned and then restored to life.
This might be made a part of the punishment.

It may be asked, ought Poison to be
employed as a means of punishment for a Poisoner?

In some respects there is no punishment
more suitable. Poisoning is distinguished
from other murders, by the secrecy with which
it may be perpetrated; and the cool determination
which it supposes. Of these two circumstances
the first increases the force of temptation and the evils
of the Crime; the second proves that the Criminal
attentive to his own interest is capable of serious
reflection upon the nature of the punishment.
The idea of perishing by the same kind of death
which he prepares, is the most more frightful for him.
In every step of his preparations his imagination
will represent to him his own lot. In this
point of view the analogy would produce its full
effect.

There are however many difficulties;
Poisons are uncertain in their operation; It would
be necessary therefore to fix a time after which the
punishment should be abridged by strangulation. If


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Date_1

Marginal Summary Numbering

Box

141

Main Headings

rationale of punishment

Folio number

035

Info in main headings field

Image

001

Titles

Category

copy/fair copy sheet

Number of Pages

2

Recto/Verso

recto

Page Numbering

f4 / f5

Penner

richard smith

Watermarks

reat 1809

Marginals

Paper Producer

felix bodin

Corrections

Paper Produced in Year

1809

Notes public

ID Number

48252

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