Transportation 2
'To avoid corporal punishment'

  Fear of flogging
The extract shown below from the Quarter Sessions is very unusual in that it records the preference of a woman, convicted of theft in 1759, to be transported to the American colonies for seven years instead of being whipped. This surely says a great deal about the severity of the corporal punishment administered in these times.

Quarter Sessions
Midsummer 1759

County Archives

Quarter Sessions extract

This extract from the Order Books of the Breconshire Quarter Sessions of 1759 reads as follows:
"Elizabeth Thomas singlewoman being Indicted and Convicted this present Sessions for felony It is ordered that she be transported to some of his Majesty's Plantations in America for the Term of Seven Years. It being at her own request to Avoid Corporal punishment." 

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