Manuscript warrant signed by George IV for transportation of Joseph Hunt [together with] Account of The Murder of the Late William Weare, London, 1824. Joseph HUNT, GEORGE IV George Henry JONES, and.
Manuscript warrant signed by George IV for transportation of Joseph Hunt [together with] Account of The Murder of the Late William Weare, London, 1824.

Manuscript warrant signed by George IV for transportation of Joseph Hunt [together with] Account of The Murder of the Late William Weare
Manuscript warrant signed by George IV for transportation of Joseph Hunt [together with] Account of The Murder of the Late William Weare, London, 1824.

London: 26 January 1824.

Single sheet measuring 350 x 200mm [and] octavo, 344pp, frontispiece, 2 folding plans, three illustrations; modern cloth.

A notorious murder and a felon turned Court-Keeper

The trial of Joseph Hunt (1795-1861), John Thurtell (1794-1824) and William Probert for the brutal murder of William Weare, a London solicitor, over a gambling debt in 1824 was a public sensation. It was a crime that so excited the public imagination that Ferguson records 17 titles related to it in 1824. It attracted comment by the essayist Babington Macaulay and used variously in the work of Sir Walter Scott, William Hazllitt and Robert Louis Stevenson.

The trial of Joseph Hunt (1795-1861), John Thurtell (1794-1824) and William Probert for the brutal murder of William Weare, a London solicitor, over a gambling debt in 1824 was a public sensation. It was a crime that so excited the public imagination that Ferguson records 17 titles related to it in 1824. It attracted comment by the essayist Babington Macaulay and used variously in the work of Sir Walter Scott, William Hazllitt and Robert Louis Stevenson.
Thurtell, an amateur boxer and former Royal Marine was executed, Probert, who had turned King's evidence was granted his freedom, but Hunt's sentence was commuted to transportation to New South Wales. He was supposedly killed in the quelling of an insurrection on the convict-ship Marquis of Huntly. However in Reminiscences of thirty years' residence in New South Wales and Victoria (1863) Sir Robert Therry who was present at the trial recounts:
"[Hunt's] conduct in the colony was correct and even meritorious. So unobtrusive and humble was his demeanour, as if every moment he was abashed and sensible of the crime he had committed, that he was not even once annoyed or taunted with a reference to it. For the last twenty years he held the petty office of Court-Keeper of the Assize Court at Bathurst, and by his respectful demeanour and general good conduct enjoyed the favourable opinion of all who came in contact with him." Earlier, James O'Connell recalls Hunt's amateur theatrical talent at the Emu Plains theatre "He was an excellent ballad singer, and this accomplishment procured him the temporary alleviation of his sentence" (A residence of eleven years in New Holland, 1836): all in all a remarkable rehabilitation.
The warrant is sold with an account of the murder by George Jones: a famous account of the London underworld and the seedy nature of amateur boxing.

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