Imposing himself on her for the said John her husband

May 1740

Guiney, “a Negro Slave of Joshua Drew of Plymouth…broke up that part of…Drew’s house in which Rebecca, wife of Jonathan Davenport, dwells and wickedly attempted to debauch…Rebecca by imposing himself on her for the said John her husband, whereby [she] was previously affrighted and put in great fear and terror of her life”. Guiney pleaded guilty and the court ordered him “whipped 25 stripes at the cart’s tail”, to pay charges, and stand committed.

What does this mean? Did John send Guiney to commit sexual violence against his wife?

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