William Robinson and Marmaduke Stevenson are First Quakers Executed America

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The first Quakers are executed in America: William Robinson and Marmaduke Stevenson. The Massachusetts legislature passed a law banishing all Quakers on pain of death at the end of 1658. Some have already been arrested and banished under this law, but William Robinson and Marmaduke Stevenson insisted on coming back. Governor John Endecott sentenced them to death earlier this month.

William Robinson and Marmaduke Stevenson are both hung in Boston Commons. Marmaduke Stephenson's last words are, "This day shall we be at rest with the Lord." William Robinson's last words are, "I suffer for Christ, in whom I live and for whom I die." The Puritan minister shouts at Robinson: "Hold thy tongue, thou art going to die with a lie in thy mouth."

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