Murder is not the cure for murder—lying and stealing will not cure lying and stealing. The old doctrine was; “An eye for an eye—a tooth for a tooth”—but that was the doctrine of a by-gone age and generation, and not of this one of light, intelligence and reason.
But in the name of all things sacred—to Heaven and earth—must we hang a man for no better reason than that if we let him live he may be pardoned and restored to society? Is there no other way of preventing the pardoning power? Are we reduced to the necessity of killing a man to place him beyond the reach of mercy? What a confession in this of the impotency of the people, if the pardoning power is upon the whole dangerous and mischievous, the power is with the people. Let them change it; but for mercy’s sake, let not the fear that mercy may be shown be an apology for hanging.
—Speech: “Capital Punishment Is a Mockery of Justice,” October 7, 1858, Douglass Papers, ser. 1, 3:244-245
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