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About a year later, Jonson quarreled with his fellow actor and inmate, Gabriel Spencer, killed him in a sword fight, and would have been hanged for manslaughter had not the law of the time allowed him to "plead his clergy" and get off with an "M" for manslayer branded on the fleshy part of his thumb.
Of course he does want his young son to grow up to be a formidable manslayer just like his father, but then no warrior in the poem hopes his boy will become an actor or play the flute.
(31) In short, between 1850 and 1875, a Boone County manslayer had a roughly two-out-of-three chance of avoiding any legal sanction, even if identified by a court as the killer.