…Captain Henry Nicholas Nicholls was hanged in London for sodomy.
Executed Today is an interesting blog that describes executions that took place in the past on each day of the year. Today’s entry is about Nicholas Nicholls, who was executed in accordance with British law under which homosexuality was a capital offence until 1861.
According to the London Courier,
The prisoner was perfectly calm and unmoved throughout the trial, and even when sentence of death was passed upon him[…] At 9 o’clock in the morning the sentence was carried into effect. The culprit, who was fifty years of age, was a fine looking man, and had served in the Peninsular war. He was connected with a highly respectable family; but, since his apprehension not a single member of it visited him.
I hope that one day we will look back at Charlie Lynch’s sentence with the same incredulity with which we today view Nicholls’.
(Hat Tip to Andrew Sullivan for the first link)