The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Fields was called by his neighbors a clever man, and a useful
citizen. His implication in this secret and wicked plot astonished
the people, more perhaps, than any others.
After being sentenced he made full confession of his guilt.
When brought to the place of execution, addressing Col. Chance,
he said:
I am guilty of the charges against me. I am guilty of whatever crim-
inality may be attached to this organization. I am guilty of disloyalty
and treason against this government, of a purpose to subvert and
destroy it.
The punishment before me seems awful to him who is about to
suffer it. But it is due for the crimes I have committed. My crimes
have been many and great; and I am sorry, that they have been so
great that I cannot hope to obtain forgiveness from the injured people.
I think the people and jury have done their duty, so far. I hope they
will continue their work, until every one that belongs to this order
shall be brought to justice.
Tell the Jury their verdict is a just one approved by me and sanc-
tioned by high Heaven. Tell them, I thank them, and accuse them of
no injustice; but, that I acquit them, as I do all mankind, of any
wrong done me.
I hope the people will not remember my transgressions against those
who bear my name, and are attached to me, by kindred ties. Let them
rather favor the kind offices of charity in washing away the stain and
rewarding memory with whatever virtue there is in the deepest con-
trition of spirit; try to forget how I have lived, but remember that at
least I died humbled and pentinent.
His last words to the people, were: "Go on with the work you
have so fearlessly begun."
I. H. Mounts" sworn.
[WITNESS.] I was sworn into this society, by I. W. P. Lock. At the
"A misspelling, apparently, of the name of Jackson H. Mounts, a member of the
Peters Colony who moved to Texas before 1844. He was born in Illinois in 1823. He
was a resident of Collin County in 1850, being listed in the census for that year as
family no. 312. Connor, The Peters Colony of Texas, 347.


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