The declaration & confession of Matthew Cushing


The declaration & confession of Matthew Cushing


a young man aged about twenty two years, who was try'd for burglary at the Superiour Court held at Boston in August last, and had sentence of death pass'd upon him for the same; which he deliver'd to us on Tuesday Sept. 24 and confirm'd the same before credible witnesses the day of his execution, to be published for the benefit of mankind.

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Pamphlet location: AAS Record Number: 0F2F81D79AFEFAF0, Record Number: w015181
Recorded in Early American Imprints, Series 1, no. 40042 (filmed), and Early American Imprints, Series 1, no. 40044 (filmed).

Method of Punishment






Execution Location

Boston Neck

Printing Location

[Boston] Printed and sold [by Samuel Kneeland and Timothy Green] at the printing house in Queen-Street, over against the prison., 1734]


Signed: Boston, Octob. 17. 1734. Matthew Cushing.
Followed by verse in sixteen stanzas entitled A few lines upon the awful execution of John Ormesby [i.e., Ormsby] & Matth. Cushing, October 17th. 1734. One for murder, the other for burglary.
Samuel Kneeland and Timothy Green were at this address in Boston in 1734.
First two columns, on left half of sheet, contain Cushing's declaration. Third and fourth columns, on right half of sheet, contain the poem with woodcut of a hanging (Reilly 1175) at right of title. Imprint appears below third and fourth columns.
Declaration and poem recorded independently by Bristol and Ford; possibly intended to be separated.


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