"an incident of his hard severity towards a woman of their sect"

One of Hathorne’s most infamous acts of cruelty was ordering Quaker Ann Coleman to be whipped out of town. Stripped naked from the waist upwards, she was tied to the back of a cart and dragged through the streets, stopping off at each town along the way to receive ten lashes of a knotted whip. A slight woman with a crooked back, she was shown no mercy and the sadism of the constables nearly robbed her of her life.