May 25, 1721: a “miserable African” is executed

Another ET entry by me, hot and fresh, posted minutes ago: Joseph Hanno, a freed slave in Boston, executed in 1721 for the murder of his wife. The murder itself was quite ordinary and unmemorable. However, the case proved interesting enough for an entry by Joseph’s association with the Puritan minister Cotton Mather, who preached a sermon about it.

Regarding Joseph’s statement that if hadn’t committed Sabbath-breaking he wouldn’t have committed murder…well, just now I looked up the date of Nanny’s murder and sure enough, it was a Sunday. Perhaps they got into an argument about his committing the former sin, which lead to his committing the latter one.