Publications » Vol. 42: Prisoners’ Letters To The Bank Of England 1783-1827
Edited by DEIRDRE PALK
This volume comprises several hundred letters written by prisoners convicted of forging paper currency and awaiting their transportation to New South Wales. Most of the letters were written by, or for, women begging the Bank of England, which had prosecuted them, for help to cope with prison conditions and with the journey to Australia. In many cases their pleas for help were met with some financial assistance, mediated through the Bank’s solicitor, Joseph Kaye of Freshfields. In addition to the index there is also a biographical index of the letter writers.
305pp volume 42, 2007 LIST PRICE £20