Papers Explanatory of the Charges brought against Lieut. Gen. Darling, by William Charles Wentworth, Esq. DARLING: SUDDS AND THOMPSON CASE, PARLIAMENT OF GREAT BRITAIN.

Papers Explanatory of the Charges brought against Lieut. Gen. Darling, by William Charles Wentworth, Esq.

London: Ordered, by the House of Commons, to be Printed, 1 July 1830.

Folio, 60 pp.; quarter calf, bookplate.

Freedom of the Press in Sydney

A gritty insight into colonial politics of the 1820s, pitting individual liberty and the freedom of the press against the power of Governor Ralph Darling.

A gritty insight into colonial politics of the 1820s, pitting individual liberty and the freedom of the press against the power of Governor Ralph Darling.

As this publication records, William Charles Wentworth had attacked Darling for his contentious treatment of two soldiers of the New South Wales regiment, Sudds and Thompson. The argument was conducted largely in the pages of Wentworth's Australian newspaper, to which Darling responded with attempts to further curb the freedom of the press, imposing stamp duties on Sydney newspapers, and bringing libel charges against private citizens. These actions polarised the judiciary against the governor, and Darling came to believe that the judges acted against him in collusion with Wentworth.

This report of 1830 ostensibly published all of the relevant documents; however, the Colonial Office was partial to Darling's case and edited the documents in a manner that misrepresented the affair, omitting a crucial letter from Wentworth to Sir George Murray. When this omission was revealed the Colonial Office was forced to publish the entire text of the Wentworth impeachment (as a parliamentary paper in 1832). Some years later in 1835 Darling was cleared of Wentworth's charges by a Select Committee of the House of Commons.

Provenance: The Rodney Davidson copy, with bookplate.

Ferguson, 1355.

Condition Report: In fine condition in a good modern binding.

Price (AUD): $2,400.00

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