On the flogging of women [Digital Version]

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On the flogging of women (ca. 1827)

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Title: On the flogging of women [Digital Version]
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Publisher: Rice University, Houston, Texas
Publication date: 2010-06-07
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Abstract: Document is an anonymous commentary on an article appearing in the February 28, 1827 edition of “The Anti-Slavery Monthly Reporter” that discussed propositions put forward by Lord Bathurst for reforms in the treatment of slaves in the Colonies; in particular, a prohibition of the flogging of women, which failed to pass. The author of the document is writing to give wider publicity to the planters’ vote to permit the flogging of women, “however painful the knowledge of these proceedings may be...” Includes a poem believed to be by Charlotte Elizabeth [Tonna].
Source(s): On the flogging of women (ca. 1827)
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  • Slavery--United States
  • Slavery--Jamaica
  • Flagellation
  • Women slaves
  • Bathurst, Henry Bathurst, Earl, 1762-1834
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No. 21 of the Anti-slavery Reporter contains some
particulars of the Jamaica Debate on Lord Bathurst's
proposition for "the abolishing of the driving whip, the
regulation and record of punishments, and the abolition
of female flogging."

It was not even proposed, that driving in the field,
or the flogging of females should be abolished; but
merely that the cat should be substituted for the cart—
both to coerce labour, and to inflict punishment;
and that in the whipping of women there should be no
indecent exposure.


The clause for substituting the cat for the cart-whip
was negatived by a majority of 28 to 12 as was that
for prohibiting the indecent exposure of women.
However painful to the feelings the knowledge of these
proceedings may be, it is better they should be known
and reprobated, whithRegularized:with a view to their suppression, than
perpetuated to future generations by a weak conceal—
of truth.

How much is it to be wished that the planters who
thus voted for the flogging of women could be induced
to peruse the following lines:-1

Bear'st thou a man's, a Christian's name;
If not for pity, yet for shame.


O fling the scourge aside!
Her tender form may writhe and bleed,
But deeper cuts thy barbarous deed
The female's modest pride.
Sin first by woman came;- for this
The Lord hath marr'd her earthly bliss,
With many a bitter throe;
But mercy tepmersRegularized:tempers wrath, and scorn
PersuesRegularized:Pursues the wretch who adds a thorn
To heaven-inflicted woe.
Thine infancy was lull'd to rest
On woman's nurturing bosom prestRegularized:pressed,
Enfolded by her arm;
Her hand upheld thy tott'ring pace;-
And Oh! how deep the foul disgrace,
If thine can work her harm!


Hush not they nature's conscious plea
Weak, helpless, succourless, to thee
Her looks for mercy pray;
He who records each lash, will roll
Torrents of vengeance on thy soul!-
Oh! fling that scourge away.

Rice University
Date: 2010-06-07
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