I feel for the Southwicks dying of exposure and I also feel the weight of my own ancestor Richard Waldron of Dover, New Hampshire,who, in 1662, ordered three Quaker women to be tied to a cart and whipped publicly in eleven towns from Dover to Boston. In the depth of winter, through snow, the women were marched bare-breasted to Hampton where they were whipped. In the next town, thankfully, the officer in charge balked at Waldron’s order and spirited the women to safety.
John Greenleaf Whittier also wrote about how the Quaker women might have cursed him:
”And thou, O Richard Waldron, for whom
We hear the feet of a coming doom,
On thy cruel heart and thy hand of wrong
Vengeance is sure, though it tarry long.”
The cruelty of earlier generations is hard to fathom…