Clough, the murderer, was executed in the jail yard at Taunton yesterday forenoon. The New Bedford Standard says: At 11 o'clock, the religious services having been completed, the prisoner was taken from his cell to the place of execution. He walked with a firm step and ascended the stairs to the scaffold with a quick and lively movement. As he turned his head after arriving at the platform, he recognized a prisoner looking out of the cell at an upper window in the jail, and smiled and bowed to him. It was his request that nothing should be said at the gallows, and the rope was immediately adjusted around his neck, the warrant for his execution read, when the Sheriff touched the fatal spring that unloosed the platform; it fell, and with it the body of the unfortunate man, and at six minutes after 11 o'clock all was over. He died almost without a struggle.
Boston Evening Transcript
April 29, 1851