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A Book of Remarkable Criminals

From this positive affirmation of unbelief Butler wilted somewhat at the approach
of death. The day before his execution he spent half an hour playing hymns on
the church organ in the prison; and on the scaffold, where his agitation rendered
him almost speechless, he expressed his sorrow for what he had done, and the
hope that, if there were a heaven, mercy would be shown him.
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