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Colonial Cases

R. v. Kemp [1753]

counterfeit - pillory - whipping

Superior Court

August 1753

Source: Halifax Gazette, 8 September 1753

[2] At the Superiour Court held at Cambridge for the County of Middlesex last week, John Kemp of Billerica, Labourer, being indicted for forging, counterfeiting, and uttering two Pieces of Pewter and other mixd Metals, to the likeness of Spanish mill'd Pieces of Eight, pleaded Not Guilty; but afterwards, being allowed by the Court, he withdrew his plea of Not Guilty, and pleaded Guilty. --- The Court sentenced him to stand in the Pillory one Hour, to have one of his Ears cut off, and to be whipp'd 20 Stripes on his naked Back at the publick Whipping Post, and pay Costs.

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