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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 girls grew to become legally 'non-existent': they can no longer carry instances to court docket; they can no longer input right into a agreement; they can no longer instigate a divorce and their possessions, gains and any bequests made to them instantly grew to become their husband's estate. Norton explains how this loss of felony autonomy affected girls in the event that they grew to become estranged from their husbands, utilizing her personal reports for representation and recommending alterations which might increase women's felony place. released in 1855 while Parliament used to be debating the topic of divorce reform, this quantity indicates the felony place of ladies at the moment. It offers the evaluations of latest legislators in aid and competition at the problems with women's criminal rights and reform of divorce legislation.

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Why is it so surrounded with difficulty? Why is England the only country obliged to confess she cannot contrive to administer justice to women? Why is it more difficult than in France? Why more difficult than in Scotland? Simply because our legists and legislators insist on binding tares with wheat, and combining all sorts of contradictions which they never will be able satisfactorily to combine. They never will satisfy, with measures that give one law for one sex and the rich, and another law for the other sex and the poor.

We know, that his court was an example of the most extravagant and unpunished licentiousness: that Sir John Denham and the Earl of Chesterfield were both accused in his reign of poisoning their wives (the latter administering the poison in the wine of the Holy Communion); and that the King's " merry" favorite, the Duke of Buckingham, killed the Earl of Shrewsbury and held a love appointment with the Earl's wife the same evening. We know, that his brother, James II. had, by Mrs. Churchill (sister of the Duke of Marlborough), the Duke of Berwick—the Grand Prior—and others; and,- by Mrs.

A third case (to which I shall recur) is my own: in which, after personal violence, ill-usage, an " action for damages," and a long separation, the husband—being desirous to raise money,— procured a contract to be signed between himself and his wife, containing certain provisions as to his trust-funds, and as to her income, both before and after the death of certain parties. That contract was witnessed and signed by the husband himself; by the solicitor who drew it up, 42 —a gentleman distinguished in his own branch of the legal profession: and by the Hon.

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