Crime in England & Wales in the nineteenth century

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Effingham Wilson, 1876

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Стр. 125 - Inquiry, — that there are at this time, within the Province of Canterbury, upwards of one thousand Parishes in which there is neither Public-House nor Beer-shop ; and where, in consequence of the absence of these inducements to Crime and Pauperism, according to the evidence before the Committee, the intelligence, morality, and comfort of the people are such as the friends of Temperance would have anticipated.
Стр. 105 - ... due observation, I have found that if the murders and manslaughters, the burglaries and robberies, the riots and tumults, the adulteries, fornications, rapes, and other enormities that have happened in that time, were divided into five parts, four of them have been the issues and product of excessive drinking — of tavern or ale-house drinking.
Стр. 105 - The places of judicature which I have long held in this kingdom, have given me opportunity to observe the original cause of most of the enormities that have been committed for the space of near twenty years ; and by a due observation I have found, that if the murders and manslaughters, the burglaries and robberies...
Стр. 107 - English vice, which makes us a by-word and a reproach among nations, who in other respects are inferior to us, and have not the same noble principles of Christianity to guide and direct them — I mean the vice of drunkenness. No doubt that this in most of these cases is the immediate cause, and it is a cause in two ways of the crimes which will come before you, and especially of the crime of highway robbery ; for whereas, on the...
Стр. 108 - ... exhibiting his money, and is marked out by those who observe him ' as the fitting object for plunder, when his senses are obscured, and ' who is made the subject of an attack under those circumstances ' which enable the parties to escape from the consequences ; because ' although the story may be perfectly true which the prosecutor in ' this case tells — although it may be vividly felt [by him — yet he...
Стр. 108 - I think you will find, looking at the depositions one after another, that it is a mere repetition of the same story over again — of some man who has gone from public-house to publichouse, spending his money and exhibiting his money, and is marked out by those who observe him as the fitting object for plunder, when his senses are obscured, and who is made the subject of an attack under those circumstances which enable the parties to escape from the consequences ; because, although the story may...
Стр. 111 - I should suppose the testimony of every Judge upon the bench would be the same as to the fact that a very large proportion of the crimes of violence brought before us are traceable, either directly or indirectly, to the intemperate use of intoxicating liquors.
Стр. 120 - I to different kinds of work ; that it was difficult to get them out of "old ruts," or to train them to work more rapidly than they had been accustomed to. It is evident that the intemperate habits of the men, and the loss of time consequent thereon, prevent them from- performing a full week's work.' True, while at work, especially during the latter part of the week, the men work as rapidly as those in the United States ; but in the earlier part of the week this is not the case with men who drink...
Стр. 108 - ... exposing his money in public-house after public-house— or in a state of drunkenness he finds himself a sharer in a sin, from which domestic ties should keep him, and is overtaken by his partner in that sin, who adds to it another crime, or he is marked out by some of her wicked associates. One great evil of this circumstance is, I think, you will find, looking at the depositions one after the other, that it is a mere repetition of the same story over again — of some man who has gone from...
Стр. 106 - Of ninetytwo persons whose names were on the calendar, six were charged with wilful murder, twelve with manslaughter, thirteen with malicious injury to the person, sixteen with burglary, and eight with highway robbery, accompanied with violence to the person. He found from a perusal of the depositions, one unfailing cause of four-fifths of these crimes was, as it was in every other, the besetting sin of drunkenness. IN ALMOST ALL THE CASES OF PERSONAL VIOLENCE AND INJURY, THE SCENE WAS A PUBLICHOUSE...

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