The Petition of the undersigned loyal citizens, from many towns and regions of the British Empire, on behalf of Edward John Eyre…. John Edward EYRE, Thomas CARLYLE.

The Petition of the undersigned loyal citizens, from many towns and regions of the British Empire, on behalf of Edward John Eyre…
The Petition of the undersigned loyal citizens, from many towns and regions of the British Empire, on behalf of Edward John Eyre…

[London]: no printer, 1868.

Bifolium, four tinted pages folded to docket size; manuscript note to last blank reads 'Petition drawn up by Thomas Carlyle February 1868'.

Thomas Carlyle defends Eyre's conduct in Jamaica

The controversy surrounding the conduct of former Australian explorer and Governor of Jamaica, John Edward Eyre, in his handling of the Jamaica uprising, divided public opinion.

The controversy surrounding the conduct of former Australian explorer and Governor of Jamaica, John Edward Eyre, in his handling of the Jamaica uprising, divided public opinion.
Following Eyre's recall from Jamaica the "Jamaica Committee" was formed with the aim of having Eyre condemned for his excesses in suppressing the insurrection and to prosecute him for the murder of Gordon. Simultaneously, Thomas Carlyle with John Ruskin, Alfred Tennyson and others formed a committee in Eyre's defence, the "Eyre Testimonial and Defence Fund". In the end, Eyre was acquitted, but they failed to get him reinstalled or his pension restored.
This petition, addressed to Parliament, condemns the 'tragical injustice' of Eyre's deposition

Price (AUD): $825.00  other currencies     Ref: #4107458

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