Statements and Observations Concerning the Hulks. George HOLFORD.

Statements and Observations Concerning the Hulks.

London: C. and J. Rivington, 1826.

Octavo, a fine copy in handsome aquamarine half-calf with gilt lettering.

The Thames Hulks condemned

Scathing report on the hulks, revealing that the same problems that beset the system at the time of the First Fleet continued well into the nineteenth-century.

Scathing report on the hulks, revealing that the same problems that beset the system at the time of the First Fleet continued well into the nineteenth-century.

In the preface, the author clearly states his aim is reform in Parliament, not vilification of the warders: 'It is not my intention in the following pages to charge misconduct on any of those, who have the care and or custody of the convicts in the hulks. The evils which prevail there, appear to me to be the result of a defective system of management, and to require the interference of Parliament for the correction…'

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 this one, and An account of the General Penitentiary at Millbank (1828).

Ferguson, 1082.

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