Crime & Punishment in Colonial Times

NOTES ON THE TRIAL AND PUNISHMENT OF CRIMES IN THE
COURT OF ASSISTANTS IN THE TIME OF THE COLONY, AND
IN THE SUPERIOUR COURT OF JUDICATURE IN THE FIRST
YEARS OF THE PROVINCE.

Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts

The punishment of Nicholas Frost (p. 56)

and also from:

The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-33

COMMENTS: 3 October 1632: "It is ordered, that Nicholas Frost, for theft
committed at Damerill's Cove upon the Indians, for drunkenness and
fornication, of all which he is convicted, shall be fined £5 to the Court,
and £40 to Henry Way & John Holman, shall be severely whipped, & branded in
the hand with a hot iron, & after banished out of this patent, with penalty
that if ever he be found within the limits of the said patent, he shall be
put to death; also it is agreed that he shall be kept in bolts by Henry Way
& John Holman, till his fines be paid, during which time he is to bear his
own charges" [MBCR 1:100-01].

On 14 October 1651 Nicholas Frost was indicted for conspiring with James
Bunker, William Ellingham and others to steal from Mr. Shapleigh [MPCR
1:170]. At the same court Nicholas Frost was presented for "saying he hoped
to live so long as to wet his bullets in the blood of the Saints" [MPCR
1:164].

Links:

Colonial Punishment

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