Examination, 10 February 1843, as Reported by Willard Richards [State of Illinois v. Olney]

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Decision of court
by confession of he stole the goods & by then being found— & all testimony— that by searching the house he is guilty of Burglery & Larceny—
the other is discharged
no principle why he should be— & beautiful land— I would have fed & clothes him if he had come to me— has been calld to do some things in religion this has nothing to do with— sticly [strictly]—
& god would not send a man on a mission destitut[e] or oblgie [oblige] him to Steal if he had been called of god he would have gone till he had fallen in his tracks— He was never requird by any any man to go here & there— & not preventd from his house— his impossible god should have any hand in driving a man to Burglery— Larceny & destru[c]tion.— is not here on Riligius principles— but on the fact that he has confessed he has stolen the goods— & is bound to commit him or bind him over— & will give bail to the amnt of 5000 dollers or committed to Jail— This is the most painful thing I ever had to do— never sat in such a case befor but ever felt— Such an abhorrence to thievery & I cannot suffer nor & Turn from the path of duty—— [p. [9]]
Decision of court
by confession of he stole the goods & by then being found— & all testimony— that by searching the house he is guilty of Burglery & Larceny—
the other is discharged
no principle why he should be— & beautiful land— I would have fed & clothes him if he had come to me— has been calld to do some things in religion this has nothing to do with— sticly strictly—
& god would not send a man on a mission destitute or oblgie [oblige] him to Steal if he had been called of god he would have gone till he had fallen in his tracks— He was never requird by any man to go here & there— & not preventd from his house— his impossible god should have any hand in driving a man to Burglery— Larceny & destruction.— is not here on Riligius principles— but on the fact that he has confessed he has stolen the goods— & is bound to commit him or bind him over— & will give bail to the amnt of 5000 dollers or committed to Jail— This is the most painful thing I ever had to do— never sat in such a case befor but ever felt— Such an abhorrence to thievery & I cannot suffer nor Turn from the path of duty—— [p. [9]]
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