"Talking about hanging, I'll show you something you never saw. Hangmen's letters. Look at here.
So he took a bundle of wisps of letters and envelopes out of his pocket.
— Are you codding? says I.
— Honest injun, says Alf. Read them.
So Joe took up the letters." ([U12.303])
Image of Marwood, the executioner whose letters are being shown by Alf, is used by kind permission of Tim and Christine O'Neill.