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 now not carry instances to court docket; they can now not input right into a agreement; they can no longer instigate a divorce and their possessions, gains and any bequests made to them immediately turned 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 criminal place. released in 1855 while Parliament used to be debating the topic of divorce reform, this quantity indicates the criminal place of ladies at the moment. It offers the reviews of up to date legislators in aid and competition at the problems with women's felony rights and reform of divorce legislation.
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Extra info for A Letter to the Queen on Lord Chancellor Cranworth’s Marriage and Divorce Bill
And this was a King whose Queen " condoned " everything. 's 53 queen, no one would desire to dwell. But Dr. '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.
Lived as his father had lived—very cheerfully; and two anecdotes are related of his court, worthy to be remembered. One, that Mr. Howard, husband of one of the King's mistresses (afterwards Countess of Suffolk), went to St. James's Palace, publicly to demand his wife; and, being thrust out, sent a letter to her by the Archbishop of Canterbury; who conveyed the summons to the QUEEN, who delivered the letter to her rival! The other anecdote—equally curious—that when his son, the Prince of Wales died, the King (who had been on bad terms with him, and had never visited him in his last illness) was playing cards as usual in Lady Yarmouth's apartments.
Finally, Lord Clancarty says, if there must be a law of divorce, he cannot for the life of him see how we can establish a distinction between the sin of the man and the woman, which never was established by divine law;—while the Bishop of Oxford, religiously ignoring Lord John Russell's Bill of 1836, Lord Cranworth's opinion, Lord Campbell's explanation, and the actual law of the northern portion of your Majesty's dominions,— says he shall move to omit all the clauses of the Bill countenancing any divorce whatever.
A Letter to the Queen on Lord Chancellor Cranworth’s Marriage and Divorce Bill by Caroline Sheridan Norton