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Colonial Cases

R. v. Allen and others [1753]

counterfeit - sodomy - pillory - whipping

Court of Assizes

April 1753

Source: Halifax Gazette, 28 April 1753

[2] At the Court of Assize held here last Thursday --- Allen and --- Bonfides were tried for utterring counterfeit Quarters of Dollars and Half Pistereons; Allen was acquitted, but Bonfides found guilty.

The same Day came on the Trial of one Presbery, a Serjeant in the Train of Artilery, for Sodomitical Practices, who was found guilty.

And the same Day one Dodge, who lately came from New England, was tried for uttering counterfeit Doubloons made of a base Mettal, who was also found guilty.

14 May 1753

Source: Halifax Gazette, 19 May 1753

[2] Last Monday, at the Court of Assize held here --- Dodge for uttering counterfeit Dubloons, as mention'd in one of our former Papers, was sentenc'd to suffer Six Months Imprisonment, and find Security for his good behaviour for Six Months longer.

At the same Time --- Bonfides, convicted of Uttering counterfeit Pistereens, &c. was sentenc'd to stand in the Pillory Half an Hour, and to find Security for his good Behaviour for Three Months.

The same Day, John Brisbane, convicted of being Guilty of Sodomitical Practices, was sentenc'd to stand in the Pillory one Hour, and find Security for his good Behaviour for Six Months. And

Two others for Stealing were sentenc'd to be whipt Forty Stripes, same one, at the Publick Whipping Post.

The Execution of the above Sentences is to be perform'd on Monday next.

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