The Annals of Wakefield House of Correction for Three Hundred Years; With Notices of Ancient Prisons and Obsolete Punishments ...

The Annals of Wakefield House of Correction for Three Hundred Years; With Notices of Ancient Prisons and Obsolete Punishments ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ... from 1772, and Africa was considered too unhealthy, the convicts were sent to Australia to be under the charge of a governor, and the first fleet of six hundred males and two hundred and fifty females set sail from Plymouth in March, 1787, when Botany Bay and Port Jackson were established as penal settlements. For a long time it was a huge failure; pestilence, cruelty to aborigines, and general vice rode rampant as late as 1838. The next West Riding book, MM., gives us fuller details than had been customary as to the Wakefield House of Correction. At Rotherham Sessions, Oct. 16, 1799, it was decided that the Gaoler lay all accounts before the deputy Clerk of the Peace fourteen days before each sessions, so that they may be duly examined. Kichard Shillito, the taskmaster, was ordered to make out the accounts four days before Wakefield Adjourned Sessions, and submit them to the Dep. Clk. of the Peace, who should lay them before Justices for their allowance. i Wakefield, 22 May, 1800. The Governor to have absolute control under the direction of the Magistrates, to have appointment of all the officers and servants, to provide all provisions and distribute them according to the table, to give security for earnings department as well as discipline, to keep accounts of all expenses and profits, and be responsible for better employment. That the Gov. ought to have more servants under him for the management and better regulation of the prison, viz., a Task Master, a Porter, Turnkey, Under Turnkey. That prisoners be divided into three classes, each class kept separate; 1st. Convicts; 2nd. Felons; 3rd. Misdemeanors. Females, --Ditto. That each class be distinguished by different coloured clothes or a conspicuous badge. "85 prisoners in gaol...show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236912128
  • 9781236912121