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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Corporal Punishment

One of the few instances of a gentleman receiving corporal punishment occurred in the case of Richard Denham of Lancaster County, who, for delivering to a member of the county court while sitting, a challenge to fight a duel, was condemned to be struck six blows on the shoulder with a whip, a punishment called for by the outrage on the dignity of the court, but which was perhaps merely nominal as administered, and certainly no way approached the terrible shipping which would have been inflicted had Denham belonged to a lower order of society. Source: Lancaster County Records, Vol. 1652-56, p. 64.

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