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Tarring at Charleston

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol I. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859.

June 8. –This forenoon, Laughlin Martin and John Dealy were carried through the principal streets of Charleston, South Carolina, in complete suits of tar and feathers. The very indecent and daring behavior of the two culprits, in several instances, occasioned their being made public spectacles of. After having been exhibited for about half an hour, and having made many acknowledgments of their crime, they were conducted home, cleaned, and quietly put on board of Captain Lasley’s ship, lying wind bound for Bristol. Upon the intercession of Martin’s friends, and his promises of future good behavior, he is allowed to come on shore and follow his business as usual. 1


1 Gaines’ Mercury, July 3.

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