Letters and Petition Concerning a Convict Sent to Australia for a Petty Crime

1835.

Price: $2,500.00

Unbound. A collection of letters and documents relating to the conviction and sentencing of John Russell to New South Wales (Australia) for a petty crime. Russell, the son of a bricklayer from Lambeth, fell into bad company and was sentenced to life for the theft of “a fruit pie and 2 dishes,” which he thought was part of a practical joke involving some new acquaintances. Included are two Autographed Letters Signed from Russell to his family while held aboard the convict hulk *Leviathan* awaiting transport, a handwritten petition to the British Secretary of the State for the Home Department pleading for leniency, and an Enquiry for a Convict letter notifying the family of Russell’s conviction and transportation on the convict ship *Recovery*. The documents are worn with soiling and tears at the folds but all are still clearly legible and complete, good. A sad archive, yet interesting source material that provides insight into the harsh treatment of criminals by the early 19th Century British legal system as reflected in works such as Charles Dicken's *Great Expectations*, in which detention on and escape from convict hulks played a major part. Further details available upon request.

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Letters and Petition Concerning a Convict Sent to Australia for a Petty Crime
Letters and Petition Concerning a Convict Sent to Australia for a Petty Crime
Letters and Petition Concerning a Convict Sent to Australia for a Petty Crime
Letters and Petition Concerning a Convict Sent to Australia for a Petty Crime
Letters and Petition Concerning a Convict Sent to Australia for a Petty Crime
Letters and Petition Concerning a Convict Sent to Australia for a Petty Crime
Letters and Petition Concerning a Convict Sent to Australia for a Petty Crime
Letters and Petition Concerning a Convict Sent to Australia for a Petty Crime
Letters and Petition Concerning a Convict Sent to Australia for a Petty Crime