A Massachusetts Apology

In 1740 the Massachusetts legislature, being informed that Samuel Dyre was alive and living on the old family farm in Newport, sought to redress the execution of his grandmother. It sent a deputation to Newport to express its deep regret at the conduct of their ancestors and desired to know what compensation or satisfaction they could make. Samuel received them courteously but noted that, despite their good intentions, no compensation could be made; he could accept nothing as the price of blood; he stated “that their sense of the injury and injustice committed, exemplified by their acknowledgment, was sufficient; and he freely forgave them all the actors in that dismal catastrophe.”[1]

[1]From Thomas Shillitoe’s Scrap Book, noted in Friends Historical Society Journal, Volume XIV (1917), 43.