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'A Register of Vexations and Persecutions': some letters of Thomas Fyshe Palmer from Botany Bay during the 1790s

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Davis, MT (2007) 'A Register of Vexations and Persecutions': some letters of Thomas Fyshe Palmer from Botany Bay during the 1790s. Enlightenment and Dissent, 23. pp. 148-166. ISSN 0262-7612

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In the eight months between August 1793 and March 1794, the British government initiated a series of show trials in the courts of Scotland in an effort to suppress the radical enthusiasm that had risen in the country since the outbreak of the French Revolution. Thomas Muir, Thomas Fyshe Palmer, William Skirving, Maurice Margarot and Joseph Gerrald were brought separately to trial on
charges of sedition, their crimes being the advocacy of
parliamentary reform and opposition to the war against France. They were each found guilty and sentenced to transportation to Botany Bay, in what was intended to be a clear message to their Jacobin colleagues about the consequence of embracing reformist ideas.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Enlightenment and Dissent
Publisher: University College Wales
Page Range: pp. 148-166
ISSN: 0262-7612
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:08
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:33
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