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THE ROAD MURDER AND ELIZABETH…

AN EXTRAORDINARY CASE OF './FORGERY.

THE CONDEMN A TI&N OF CONSTANCE…

FULL CONFESSION OF DR. PRITCHARD.

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FULL CONFESSION OF DR. PRITCHARD. It will be remembered that Dr. Pritchard, nearly a fortnight ago, made a confession as to the murder of his wife, and denying that of his mother-in-law. It was believed at the time to be less than half the truth, as it did not accord with the evidence adduced. Some journals, not very wisely, pitted that half confession against the medical analysis, and suggested that the doctors were now on their trial." The full confession now obtained shows that our medical jurisprudence is more to be trusted than the assertion of a crafty criminal at his last shift. "Confession by Edward William Pritchard, and made in the presence of an All-seeing God, and of the Rev. T. Watson Raid, my present spiritual adviser, on the 19th day of July, 1865, at Glasgow Prison, "for communication to the proper authorities. I, Edward William Pritchard, in the full possession of all my senses, and understanding the awful position in which I am placed, do make free and open confession that the sentence pronounced upon me is just: that I am guilty of the death of my mother-in-law, Mrs. Taylor, and of my wife, Mary Jane Pritchard; that I can assign no motive for the conduct which actuated me beyond a species of terrible madness and the use of ardent spirits. I hereby freely and fully state that the confession made to the Rev. R. S. Oldham on the 11th day of this month was not true, and I hereby confess that I alone, not Mary BTLeod, poisoned my wife in the way brought out in evi- dence at my trial; that Mrs. Taylor's death was caused according to the wording of the indictment I farther state to be true; and the main facts brought out on my trial, I hereby fully acknowledge, and now plead wholly and solely guilty thereto, and may God have mercy on my soul! I pray earnestly for repentance not to be repented of, and for forgiveness from Al- mighty God, through the intercession of our blessed Redeemer, Mediator, and Advocate, Jesus Christ, the Lord and Saviour. Fellow-creatures, pray for me, and let me add I am in charity with all men. I have now to record my humble thanks to all who have taken part in any way for my interest. First to their lordships the judges for their great patience, forbearance, and careful consideration of my case, and to the gen- tlemen of the jury; to all the officials. I cannot help mentioning the Clerk of the High Court of Justiciary, the Governor (Mr. Smith) of the Edinburgh Gaol, the chaplain, Rev. Mr. Russell, Head-Warder Nelson, Warders John Livingstone and Mackintosh; the Governor of Glasgow Prison, Mr. Stirling; Mr. Armour, head-warder; chaplain, Mr. Doran; his as- sistants, Messrs. Hogg and Troup; Warders Mutrie, Thomson, &o.; to Drs. Leishman and Dewar, surgeons to Glasgow Prison; and Dr. Simpson, of Edinburgh Gaol. To the non-officials my heartfelt thanks are specially due; to the Eav. Dr. Miller, of Free St. Matthew's, Glasgow; and tÐ other ministers who have written to me, not adding their names; to Dr. Norman M'Leod, may God bless him; and to my own immediate faith-professors, J^ev..B. S. Oldham and Rev. T. Watson Reid; to the police authorities- Superintendent M'Call and police at the cen- tral office, Glasgow; to Sergeant Stewart, of the Edinburgh police force and the sheriff officers, Wilson, of Glasgow, and Ferguson, of Edinburgh; and to many others whose courtesy and kindness I cannot forget; above all to Sir Archibald Alison, Sheriff, &0.; for*hi3^'humane, gentle treatment while undergoing hia legal duties. May each and all accept the thanks of a dearly penitent sinner, and may Heaven be their re- ward, is the last prayer of Edward William Pritchard. John Stirling, Governor, WitSf Edward Geast, Warder, Witne==?' "JOHN MUTRIE, Warder, Witness?''

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