On Tuesday last, Caleb Adams, a lad in his 19th year, was publicly executed in this place, according to sentence, for the murder of a little boy, about 6 years of age; the particulars of which have been published. The morning was peculiarly pleasant, and the concourse of people assembled on the occasion, from the best calculation, fell little short of ten thousand.-- At eleven o'clock divine service was performed in front of the courthouse. The introductory prayer was made by the Rev. Mr. Nott. The sermon, by the Rev. Mr. Waterman; and baptism was administered to the criminal at his own special and continued request, by the Rev. Mr. Lyon. Caleb prayed on the scaffold. The Rev. Mr. Welch gave a short sketch of his birth, education, and manner of life, taken from his own mouth, and the testimony of others, with some practical reflections. The Rev. Mr. Lyon pray'd immediately preceding the dropping of the scaffold on which the criminal stood.
The unhappy youth conducted through the whole scene with such steady composure, and command of his thots and actions, as must have given as full evidence of his well grounded hope of mercy thro the Divine Savior, as his circumstances would permit. This he to the last affirmed was his only hope.
The assembly conducted thro the whole, in a very orderly and solemn manner, so much so, as to occasion an observing gentleman acquainted with other countries as well as this, to say, that such an assembly, so decent and solemn, could not be collected anywhere but in New-England.