What does Rev. Hale advise the condemned to do in "The Crucible"?

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In Act 4 of "The Crucible", Reverend Hale comes back to Salem after quitting the courts at the end of Act 3.  He comes back to advise the condemned to confess to witchcraft so that they will not be hanged.  Hale feels that he would be responsible if these innocent people - Proctor, Nurse, Corey, for example - are hanged for a crime that he came to Salem to investigate.  Hence his quote, "There is blood on my head."