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

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Gainesville Texas
To the Honorable Court of Oct 18th 1862
Inquiry, sitting at Gainesville
I request the Honorable Court to reconsider my case. The evidence
given by Wett, if given correctly, would be decidedly in my favor. If I
were permitted to appear in Court with Wett, Peters, Hays & Crisp, I
think I could convince the Court that I am not so bad a man as the
Court takes me to be.
The intention of others, I cannot help. I want every man brought to
justice; and will pledge myself to do all that I can to search into, and
expose, the low cunning of man, if I am released. I am willing to have
'Squire Martin,' 'Squire Helm' and others of my neighbors to look at
my former conduct. My last will and testament is that I will be true
to my Country.
My interest is here. My protection is the law, and I intend to be
subject to the laws that be; for it is ordained of God. My book teaches
this. If I have had bad designs, I call upon God to take that part
from me; which he has promised to do, to those who love him.
Eli Thomas
Before his death, he confessed his guilt, and entreated the other
prisoners to do the same thing; telling them that it was an awful
thing to die, but more awful still to die with a lie in their mouths.
[TRIAL OF EDWARD HAMPTON AND JOHN A. MORRIS]
THE STATE
VS. DISLOYALTY &
EDWARD HAMPTON TREASON
AND
JOHN A. MORRIS
The testimony in these cases is the same as in its preceding trials.
They were all found guilty by the Court, and at the gallows they
acknowledged their crimes, and exhorted the people to continue
the work to break up the order that had so ignominiously termi-
nated their existence.
[TRIAL OF JOHN M. CRISP]
THE STATE DISLOYALTY &
vs. TREASON
JOHN M CRISP'""
"7John M. Crisp, a blacksmith, emigrated to Texas, probably by way of Missouri,
prior to 186o. He was born in Kentucky in 1824. Ibid., family no. 407.

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101196/. Accessed April 19, 2014.