Click on the first page of George Engel's letter to Governor Oglesby to read a transcription (approximately 275 words).

George Engel joined his voice with Parsons's and Fischer's in his letter to Oglesby, the first page of which is pictured here. Engel, too, refused commutation and demanded liberty or death. Lingg sent a very similar letter. Engel insisted, as did the others, that he only told the truth about society, which was a right guaranteed him by the Constitution.

It is likely that someone helped Fischer, Engel, and Lingg in composing or translating these letters, given that the prose is very polished and that none of them, especially Lingg, was fluent in English.