By Caroline Sheridan Norton

Caroline Norton (1808-1877) used to be a Victorian writer and campaigner for social reform, specifically reform of women's felony rights. during this lucidly written account Norton describes how upon marriage in 1855 ladies turned legally 'non-existent': they can now not convey instances to courtroom; they can no longer input right into a agreement; they can no longer instigate a divorce and their possessions, profits and any bequests made to them immediately turned their husband's estate. Norton explains how this loss of felony autonomy affected ladies in the event that they turned estranged from their husbands, utilizing her personal stories for representation and recommending adjustments which might increase women's criminal place. released in 1855 whilst Parliament used to be debating the topic of divorce reform, this quantity indicates the criminal place of girls at the present. It offers the evaluations of latest legislators in help and competition at the problems with women's criminal rights and reform of divorce legislation.

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We find no difficulty in controlling the merchant in his factories, the master with his apprentices, nor in the protection of persons in all other dependant positions. We find no difficulty in punishing the abuse of power, or discovered crime. It suffices that it be proved that wrong was committed, and punishment follows as a matter of course. The poor cabin boy is on the high seas. The steward, or the captain, or a brutal messmate, maltreats the boy. He is bruised,—he is maimed, —he is miserable,—that meagre shuffling overworked lad, whose very surname perhaps nobody knows: some little outcast Tom, Jack, or Jim, sent to sea by the parish.

If we add to these admissions, woman's natural lingering love for her companion; love undeniable; indisputable; love evidenced each day, even among the poor creatures who come bruised and bleeding before the police courts; refusing to give evidence, in a calmer hour, against the man such evidence would 37 condemn to punishment : if we add the love of children; the dread of breaking the bond which shall perhaps help a step-mother into the mother's vacated place: if we add the obvious interest, in almost every instance, which the woman has to remain in her home; and the horror most women must feel at the idea of the public exposure and discussion of such wrongs; it is evident they would not be so very eager to avail themselves, in usual cases^ of the extreme remedy.

7 Her death did not appease him. The chief Magistrate of London, Sir R. Baker, resigned on account of the King's displeasure at the royal corpse being suffered to pass; arid Major-General Sir R. Wilson was removed from the army by royal order, for the part he had taken in the Queen's favour; on which occasion the public feeling was manifested by a public subscription being raised to compensate the General for the loss of his commission, to the extent of £10,000. 44 There's such divinity doth hedge a king/' that it is rarely their vices find opposition, even in the church.

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