The Sad Story of Thomas Granger ( Plimouth Plantation: 1642)

“And after the time of the writing of these things befell a very sad accident of the like foul nature in this government, this very year, which I shall now relate. There was a youth whose name was Thomas Granger. He was servant to an honest man of Duxbury [note: Love Brewster, son of Pilgrim William Brewster], being about 16 or 17 years of age. (His father and mother lived at the same time at Scituate.) He was this year detected of buggery, and indicted for the same, with a mare, a cow, two goats, five sheep, two calves and a turkey. Horrible it is to mention, but the truth of the history requires it. He was first discovered by one that accidentally saw his lewd practice towards the mare. (I forbear particulars.) Being upon it examined and committed, in the end he not only confessed the fact with that beast at that time, but sundry times before and at several times with all the rest of the forenamed in his indictment. And this his free confession was not only in private to the magistrates (though at first he strived to deny it) but to sundry, both ministers and others; and afterwards, upon his indictment, to the whole Court and jury; and confirmed it at his execution.

And whereas some of the sheep could not so well be known by his description of them, others with them were brought before him and he declared which were they and which were not. And accordingy he was cast by the jury and condemned, and after executed about the 8th of September, 1642. A very sad spectacle it was. For first the mare and then the cow and the rest of the lesser cattle were killed before his face, according to the law, Leviticus xx.15; and then he himself was executed. The cattle were all cast into a great and large pit that was digged of purpose for them, and no use made of any part of them.”

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5 Responses to The Sad Story of Thomas Granger ( Plimouth Plantation: 1642)

  1. adam forkner says:

    jesus fucking christ r what the holy fuck

  2. ritchey says:

    i know, right?? the animals were “killed before his face!” To punish him! And he identified most of the animals but the sheep were tricky!!! It is an amazing court document. This is why our legal system is awesome.

  3. barry says:

    When asked which of us sheep he buggered He replied “ewe, ewe, and ewe”.

  4. Patrick McCarty says:

    ” though at first he tried to deny it” Forced confesions came over on the Mayflower. A wild turkey is the dead giveaway. Turkets maybe dumb but are vicious and in this battle the cock would have lost!

  5. Will says:

    Are you kidding me?! How the hell do you even have sex with a turkey? How did he catch it?

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