Substance of the Speech of the Right Honourable Robert Peel…. Robert PEEL.
Substance of the Speech of the Right Honourable Robert Peel…

Substance of the Speech of the Right Honourable Robert Peel…

London: J. Hatchard and Son, 1826.

Octavo, 51 pp., title-page a little browned, else fine in recent green cloth, ex-Webster collection (with his small red stamp on final page).

Theft and transportation by "Bobbie" Peel

An important milestone in the history of transportation: ordinary theft henceforth to be punished by transportation to New South Wales or Van Diemen's Land, rather than the death penalty.

An important milestone in the history of transportation: ordinary theft henceforth to be punished by transportation to New South Wales or Van Diemen's Land, rather than the death penalty.

The pamphlet was written by Robert Peel (1788-1850), the great Tory reformer and creator of the modern police force. In this printed speech Peel explains to parliament his intention of simplifying British criminal statutes relating to larceny. Crucially, Peel replaced the death penalty for most instances of larceny with transportation. Peel was also related to Thomas Peel, the western Australian pioneer, and it is interesting to speculate on the connection between the two with regards to free settlement versus transportation.

Price (AUD): $550.00

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