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SPEAR, Charles. Essays on the Punishment of Death.
Boston: Published by the Author/London: John Chapman, 1845. Twelfth edition. 8vo., calf spine, marble boards, raised bands, leather spine label, gilt details, xii, 237, 10, (4)pp ads. Fine.
Spear (1801-1863) was a Universalist minister and anti-capital punishment activist who is known primarily for -- along with this title -- publishing the newsletter "The Prisoners' Friend" (originally "The Hangman"), and working with newly released criminals in what would be Boston's first form of parole visitation.