Of Mr. Robert Irvine, who was Execute May 1st, 1719. at Ayr.
I Am brought here this Day to give a last Speech to the World, in the Hus- bands Words, which I deemed proper to end this World with. I having
much to say for myself, I think it highly proper that a Soldier should die an ignomi- nious Death, for the Crimes for which I am tried, should be a warning to all who are living in the Minds of Man, to beware of the company of bad Women, and not to Trust too far to the Protection of Woman, whose often the more she is the Worse she is treated. I much esteem the Prayers of the many who have tried me, and who have given up their Lives for the sake of a Dye, and whose Deaths have made me the Impostor of their Deeds ; but I earnestly trust that GOD will preserve me, and make my last Desire, that I may be a witness of His Glory, that I may soothe the Anger of the Lord, that I may be worthy of His due Deed, and so help me God.
I do, therefore, implore you all to beware of Drinking Wits, and from the company of bad Women, and the Devil, who haunt you in your Sleep, and who is good at tearing Loins, and doing other works of the unhallowed, corrupting and demoralizing Spirits of the Air, and which brings the Company of the wicked
leaves me no room for enjoying my former Days. I implore you all to be fruitful and intelligent, and apply yourselves to the Bread of GOD, who has provided you with
Books and Philosophies, how can you expect me to give up my former Days, and Opportunities to GOD to receive my just End.
I implore you all to join me in praying, that the Great Judge who is nigh at hand, may send me to the Land of Heresy, to suffer an ignominious
Death, and that all who may come after, may not come with a Plea, or a Verdict of Guilt, but may be guilty of a Crime, and have forfeited their Life, and may
die a miserable Death.
I implore you all to join me in my last Hour of Departure, and may GOD be ever with you all.
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