HC Deb 10 June 1817 vol 36 c932

General Thornton moved for leave to bring in a bill to abolish the public whipping of females: he had been more especially led to this by an article which had appeared in the Inverness Journal, which stated, that a woman, young and beautiful, had been whipped in the public streets—that she was in a state of intoxication, seemed quite lost to every sense of her situation, and shortly returned to her old courses. Spectacles such as this were not likely to improve the public morals. The punishment had been partially abolished in England, and he proposed to abolish it entirely, by commuting the punishment for hard labour in a workhouse, for a period not exceeding three months.

The motion was agreed to.