Substance of the Speech of George Holford, Esq. in the House of Commons… respecting the Confinement of Offenders in the Hulks. George HOLFORD.
Substance of the Speech of George Holford, Esq. in the House of Commons… respecting the Confinement of Offenders in the Hulks.

Substance of the Speech of George Holford…
Substance of the Speech of George Holford, Esq. in the House of Commons… respecting the Confinement of Offenders in the Hulks.

London: Rivington & J. Hatchard, 1815.

Octavo, 43 pp., original plain blue wrappers bound in; in green morocco gilt by Sangorski.

The convict Hulks

Very rare: 'a criticism of the management of the hulks from the point of view of mortality and of the conditions of employment of the prisoners' (Ferguson). The disposition of the hulks was of great significance to the early history of transportation, and yet there are very few separately published works which discuss them in any detail, making Holford's tract an important contribution.

Very rare: 'a criticism of the management of the hulks from the point of view of mortality and of the conditions of employment of the prisoners' (Ferguson). The disposition of the hulks was of great significance to the early history of transportation, and yet there are very few separately published works which discuss them in any detail, making Holford's tract an important contribution.

George Holford (1768?-1839) was a Cambridge educated lawyer who served as MP for various constituencies from 1803 to 1826. Although in his early life a playwright and author of works on politics and religion, once he became an MP he established himself as a persistent crusader for prison reform, author of works such as An account of the General Penitentiary at Millbank (1828).

The present work was penned largely in light of the 1812 Penitentiary Act (the Act which finally rejected Bentham's famous Panopticon design). Although Holford does not underestimate the cheapness of the hulks, he nonetheless sets out to prove to the House that 'great evils have prevailed in these prisons'. His account gives some detail of his own investigations into the subject, and is detailed on the fitting out of the Edgar, the "model" hulk established in light of the Penitentiary Act.

Ferguson, 608.

Condition Report: An excellent copy.

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