Hence it is that killing a husband, or a master is distinguished under the name of petit treason.
In 1726 Mrs. Catherine Hayes was burnt alive, doubtless for high or petit treason.
For the wifes crime of petit treason the penalty was that of the slave who had killed her master.
The punishment of petit treason in a man is to be drawn and hanged, and in a woman to be drawn and burnt.Commentaries, Vol.
I have said that this is the only case of petit treason to be found in our records.