Justice often showed little justice. This is truly horrific. It is also a reminder of The Black Act, whereby property was deemed of more value than human life or injury to humans.
This is from John Latimer’s Annals of Bristol for 1755
The Bristol Journal of July 19th records that a soldier, convicted of stealing a shirt… had been sentenced by court marital to receive 1,000 lashes! The unhappy wretch, on learning the sentence, nearly killed himself by cutting his throat; so the authorities, on his partial recovery, ordered him 200 lashes and had him drummed out of the regiment. About the same time a man, for an offence on a child, was sentenced by the magistrates to be twice whipped from Broadmead to Stoke’s Croft Gate and back again.