March 5, 1624

On This Date in! in 1624 in the American colony of Virginia, legislation was passed that exempted the upper class from whipping. I see things really haven’t changed in almost 400 years.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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One Response to March 5, 1624

  1. Reginald Worthington Whitworth III says:

    I wish I lived in Virginia, because I just received a sound thrashing for hiding in the stables to avoid my studies. Well, technically, my servant boy took the punishment on my behalf, but I had to watch, and it was a very unpleasant thing to see. The welts, the crying, the mucus dripping from his nose — I didn’t care for that at all.

    Maybe I’ll take a few servants and run off to Virginia, where I won’t have to put up with this sort of treatment any more. It is highly unfair that someone of my station should be forced to witness such things!

    Yours and truly,
    Reginald Worthington Whitworth III
    (Age 8)

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