Excerpt from Richard Henry Dana a Biography, Vol. 1 of 2 He [the schoolmaster] had placed me in the mid dle of the floor for some offence or other, and my station being near the stox e, and the mom very hot, I became faint and asked to be allowed to go out and gave my reason, but to no purpose. In a few min utes we had our usual recess of a quarter of an hour, and I went out. Here I came Very near fainting again, looked very pale, and asked leave to go home. This was refused. AS I was really sick, at the sug gestion of the boys, I went home, which was but a few minutes' walk, to get a written excuse. My father saw that I was ill and kept me at home, and Sent me the next morning With a written excuse for my non-appearance, alleging faintness and sickness. Mr. W. Was mortified and angry at this and said that the excuse only covered my not returning, While the chief Offence was my going home without leave, which he could not excuse, and calling me out, took his ferule and ordered me to put out my left hand. (he also intimated that my sickness was all a Sham.) Upon this hand he inflicted six blows with all his strength, and then six upon the right hand. I was in such a frenzy Of indignation at his injustice and his insulting insinuation, that I could not have ut tered a word for my life. I was too small and Slen der to resist, and could show my Spirit only by forti tude. He called for my right hand again, and gave six more blows in the same manner, and then six more upon the left. My hands were swollen and in acute pain, but I did not flinch nor show a Sign of suffering. He was determined to conquer and gave six more blows upon each hand, with full force.1825 - 30. School-da ys.
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