The 9th. of the first. Moneth 1660. 61.
VVIlliam Leddra being called before the Court; and they having found him guilty, that by their Law he was to die. He asked them, What Evil he had done?
They Answered, His own Confession was as good as a thou∣sand Witnesses.
He Asked, What was that?
Answ. He owned those that were put to Death, and that they were Innocent, for which they died; and that he would not put off his Hat in the Court; and that he would say, Thee and Thou to the Magistrates.
Then said he, You will put me to Death for speaking English, and for not pulling off my Cloathes.
Page 196 Then Daniel Donison said, A man may speak Treason in English.
Then William said, Let us come to the Thing in hand; Is it evil to say Thee and Thou to a single Person? To it they Answer∣ed not.
Then one of the Court asked him, If he would Recant of those Errors?
He Answered, What, to joyn with such Murderers as you are? Then let every man that meets me say, This is the man that hath forsaken the God of his Salvation.
They said unto him, the last general Court he had the liber∣ty granted him to go for England, or go out of their Jurisdicti∣on; and promising to come here no more, he might save his Life.
He Answered, I stand not in my own Will, but in the Will of the Lord, if I may have my freedom I shall go, but to make such a Pro∣mise I cannot.
After they proceeded to Pronounce the Sentence of Death, and the 14th. of the first Month, 60. 61. they went to the Place with a Band of Men, and put him to Death. When he came upon the Ladder, one said, William, Have you any thing to say to the People? and after some time he said, For the Testi∣mony of Jesus, and for bearing witness against Seducers and Sedu∣ced, I am come to this day. And the last words he spake to best remembrance were, Lord Jesus receive my soul, for unto thee I commit my spirit.
This was sent me by Nicholas Upshal, and Coppied by me, William Coddington, of Rhoad Island.