Examine the case of the prosecution and the defense. Then decide: Which side are you on?
The Coulson Psalm Book
Samuel Coulson was a 26 year old English merchant based at Hitu. When he was tortured, Coulson made a standard confession that he had agreed to join in Towerson’s conspiracy to seize control of the castle. This much was familiar, but as he lay in chains imprisoned on one of the ships in the harbor, awaiting execution, Coulson appears to have scrawled an impassioned declaration of innocence across five unprinted pages of a child’s book, The Catechisme Or Maner to Teach Children the Christian Religion, an English translation of the famous Heidelberg Catechism. Coulson’s psalm book, as it would come to be known, eventually ended up in London, carried by the English survivors of the trial, where it was presented as explosive evidence of their innocence. Dated March 5, that is, just three days before his execution, Coulson’s message explained that he was “clear of all such conspiracy.” For the Prosecution, the psalm book changes nothing. It could have been faked by the English or Coulson could simply have been lying even in the days before his execution. For the Defense, this declaration was clear evidence that there was no plot.