On Saturday, 26 June 1702, William Fuller lost his left eye. It was his second day in the pillory. The morning before, he had spent two hours on display at Charing Cross, his head and hands securely fastened between locking wooden boards. He had been “sadly abused” by the Friday crowd, he claimed. But the Saturday crowd at Temple Bar would prove far worse. “I was stifled with all manner of Dirt, Filth, and rotten Eggs,” Fuller later recalled, “and my Left Eye was so bruised with a Stone flung, that it swelled out of my Head immediately.” The blow knocked Fuller unconscious, and he “hung by the Neck” for nearly an hour before he was eventually dragged from the stocks. “I was a miserable Object to behold, and hardly any that saw me thought it possible for me to survive,” he wrote, “all over bruised from Head to Heel;...

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