OT: lashes [Was: more lost subjunctive; protest at]

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Dec 2 01:25:42 UTC 2007

Since you put it that way, I''m become totally confused and am no
longer certain what I meant. Perhaps you will allow me to retract
anything that I may have had to say on the subject, lest I find myself
contradicted by those impeccable sources, the Bible or the writings of
the colonial authorities, given that slavemasters  and sea captains
must necessarily have followed their strictures.


On Dec 1, 2007 5:26 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
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> At 12/1/2007 02:34 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
> >OT: Should there be anyone who doesn't already know, the lashes are
> >applied incrementally and not all at once. The lashee is allowed to
> >heal between sets of lashings. For dekkids, I'd wondered how slaves
> >and seamen lived through those twenty to 100 lashes that you read
> >about.
> By :"all at once", I will assume Wilson does not mean "at the same
> instant."  That would require 40 lashers, or about 4 and 1/2
> simultaneous cats-o-nine-tails.
> I believe up to 40 lashes could be given in one set in colonial
> America, limited by something or other in the Bible.  This could be
> repeated for multiple transgressions.  However, it will take me some
> time to cite authorities (whether Biblical or Colonial), if I be required to.
> Joel
> Joel
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