Sodomy case: Georgia, March 25, 1734

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Three hundred lashes for "sodomy" in Savannah

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The diary of Johann Boltzius and Israel Gronau, Lutheran pastors who ministered to German settlers in the Georgia colony, reported a sodomy case:

Today an execution of judgment was held here in Savannah. A man from this place had been accused and convicted of sodomy and inciting others, for which he was to receive three hundred lashes under the gallows . . . [1]

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  1. Jonathan Ned Katz, Gay/Lesbian Almanac (NY: Harper & Row, 1983), p. 133, citing Johann Boltzius and Israel Gronau, "Excerpts from the Original Diary of . . ." Translated and annotated by Wm. H. Brown, in Detailed Reports on the Salzburger Emigrants Who Settled in America . . . Edited by Samuel Urlsperger, vol. 3, translated and edited by George F. Jones and Marie Hahn (Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press, 1972), p. 314. Katz thanks Stephen W. Foster for informing him of this document.

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