And dying Words,
Of Mr. John Audouin, who was executed at Dublin, on Wednesday the
29th. of May last 1718. for the Murder of his Maid Margaret Kief; at
the place of Execution he delivered the following Paper to the
IT is usual for Persons under my unfortunate Circumstance, to say
some thing on these melancholy Occasions; or at least it is expected
by most People, who come to be Witnesses of their tragical End; as I
see so many are of mine this Day ; but nevertheless I should be silent,
to the Disappointment of this Multitude, were it not for the Glory of
God, my own Justification, and a Warning to those I leave behind me,
that I think it incumbent on me, to deliver these my last Words with a
clear Conscience, and in the fulness of Truth; for this is a Time, that I
should not Lie to the Almighty, nor call him to witness a Falshood.
What have I to fear, That I should now conceal the worst Actions of
my by past Life ? or what have I to hope for, that I should dissemble
with the World, and deceave my self ? No! God forbid that I should
now provoke my Saviour, tho' I have often done it before, which has
now brought the Weights of his Judgments upon me; but as all my
Hopes, ends in his Mercy, according to his Promises to the Penitent
I hope that this Day, there will be that heavenly Joy over my Soul, as over,
a repenting Sinner, more than over Ninty and Nine just Persons, as he
himself has testified.
The Sum of which I have to say and of what is expected of me,
whether I am guilty or innocent of the Fact laid to my Charge, or not,
and for which I am brought here to die. I now, as I always did, do
declare solemnly in the Presence of God (before whom I shall soon be
judged) and do testify it here under my Hand (which I desire may be
published accordingly) and that I am entirely innocent thereof.
I sincerely forgive all my Prosecutors, Enemies and Slanderers, and
all other whatsoever, and hope, that in christian Charity, those my last
Words will meet with Credit, since I can propose no worldly Advantage
by concluding my Life with afferting a Falshood, to the Dishonour of
God, and Slander of my Neighbour.
I shall conclude with the Words of Job, the I ft Chapter and 17th
Verse, viz. Behold happy is the Man whom God correcteth; therefore
dispise not thou the Chostning of the Almighty.
Edinburgh, Re-printed in the Year M. DCC. XXVIII.
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