(Circular). Sir, It being intended that Part of the Female Convicts now in this Kingdom under Sentence of Transportation. TRANSPORTATION, Viscount SIDMOUTH, signed.

Rare printed circular signed by Sidmouth.
(Circular). Sir, It being intended that Part of the Female Convicts now in this Kingdom under Sentence of Transportation...

Whitehall: dated by hand 2 April 1813.

Foolscap folio, single leaf; printed on one side, completed in manuscript, paper watermarked 1810.

A rare original printed circular, completed in manuscript for the Sheriffs of London and Middlesex, requesting a schedule of female convicts held at Newgate prison awaiting transportation. The printed form is specially worded for enabling the gathering of female convicts for transportation, and specifies New South Wales as the destination.

A rare original printed circular, completed in manuscript for the Sheriffs of London and Middlesex, requesting a schedule of female convicts held at Newgate prison awaiting transportation. The printed form is specially worded for enabling the gathering of female convicts for transportation, and specifies New South Wales as the destination.
The document is signed by Viscount Sidmouth, then Home Secretary, and best remembered in Australian bibliography as the addressee of both Henry Bennet's Letter to Viscount Sidmouth, Secretary of State for the Home Department, On the Transportation Laws, the State of the Hulks, and the Colonies in New South Wales, published in 1819, and Governor Macquarie's refutation published in 1821 as A Letter to the Right Honourable Viscount Sidmouth, in Refutation of Statements made by the Hon. Henry Grey Bennet, M.P.
Documents bearing Sidmouth's signature are rare on the market.

Provenance: Private collection (Sydney).

Price (AUD): $2,400.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504535

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