By Norma Landau
Written from Marxist and liberal views, this research examines how eighteenth-century English legislation was once outlined and administered. It introduces present debates approximately British society within the period within which England grew to become the world's top country. Contributions from top overseas historians examine eighteenth-century criminal associations relating to modern ideas of corruption, oppression and institutional potency. the result's an unique account of the felony foundation of eighteenth-century society.
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The English magistracy and King’s Bench, 1740–1800 25 In 1701 it was probably the thirteenth most populous county outside London and Middlesex; in 1801, with a population of about 250,000, it was the eighth largest. 17 Some said that justices’ summary convictions removed into King’s Bench were usually doomed: ‘there are less difﬁculties in penning the proceedings by action or information, than in wording a conviction [on the game laws] before a Justice, very few of which are able to stand the test when removed into the King’s Bench.
13 Such cases were not numerous in Staffordshire, but neither were they unknown, and the archival record reveals some of the strategic considerations behind them. In the last six decades of the eighteenth century in Staffordshire there were thirteen applications for criminal informations against ﬁfteen different magistrates for misdemeanour in the execution of their ofﬁce. There were also eleven proceedings on writs of certiorari directed to eight 10 11 12 13 Thomas Gisborne, An inquiry into the duties of men in the higher ranks and middle classes (London, 1794), pp.
54 Gough’s in-laws agreed. 55 Gough drove a very hard bargain in negotiations for the settlement. , Gough 7423, passim. I discuss some of these cases elsewhere, and others below. Robert K. Dent and Joseph Hill, Historic Staffordshire (London, 1896), p. ], 25 February, 26 August 1782; Staffs. Advertiser, 9 February 1828. Stebbing Shaw wrote about 1799 that Perry Hall was owned by Gough, ‘whose well-known liberality and kindness prohibited me giving, by personal inspection, even an external description of this old moated mansion’.