RESPITE OF LAMSON.
Upon the request of the President of the United States, communicated by Mr. LOWELL, that the execution of George H. LAMSON should be suspended until the arrival of certain evidence now on it's way from America, the Secretary of State has respited the execution until April 18th.
The Secretary of State is always willing to afford adequate time for the due examination of circumstances alleged on responsible authority in favour of a convict under sentence of death. The prisoner, however, has been distinctly warned that the respite granted raises no presumption of a final reprieve or commutation of the capital sentence. It has been the practice, when respites are granted for the purpose of further inquiry either into matters of law or of fact, that where the inquiry shows no sufficient ground for interference the sentence of the law takes it's course.
In the case of Thomas MANSELL, in 1857, the prisoner was executed after the respites granted by Sir George GREY, extending over six months. And in the case of Michael BARRETT, who was finally executed for the explosion at Clerkenwell in 1868, Mr. Gathorne HARDY granted respites of a fortnight's duration for the purpose of further inquiry into the facts alleged in exculpation of the prisoner.
The announcement of a respite for the convict LAMSON was received with loud expressions of disapproval at a meeting at Peckham Rye on Monday. The Chairman, says a Central News Correspondent, stated that the greatest personal influence was being brought to bear in this case. He knew as a positive fact that the father of the convict had officiated at the first marriage of Lady HARCOURT, the present wife of the Home Secretary, and perhaps they could realise what that portended.
Furthermore, the usual electoral influence which was all paramount in the United States, had been obtained to work upon the minds of the officials there, and the result was we were threatened with the greatest miscarriage of justice of the present century. No such evidence of insanity has been adduced in the LAMSON case as was brought forward for LEFROY; yet the latter paid the penalty of his crime. It is the old saying confirmed, declared the speaker, of one law for the poor and another for the rich.
Resolutions were then passed protesting against the respite of the perpetrator of such a cold blooded revolting murder, and demanding that the press should be admitted to witness the execution in order that the public might know from impartial witnesses that the sentence had been duly carried out. Every hand was held up in favour of the resolution.