The call from the reprieve of Dr. Burke gained momentum quickly. A fortnight after his sentence to death by hanging, he was granted respite and to be held at Her Majesty’s Pleasure until there was anything other piece of significance evidence came to pass.
His brother Rev. H. M. Kennedy’s influence and the petition signed mostly by doctors helped to stave off his execution for a while anyway.
Rev. Kennedy wrote to the Home Secretary, regarding the sentencing of his brother Dr. Burke. should have received a sentence befitting a man who was not responsible for his actions due to his heavy drinking and underlying depression.