PENALTY

[ John Villiers Stuart Townshend, 5th Marquis Townshend, as Viscount Raynham. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Raynham') to an unnamed party, regarding 'Mr. Ewart's motion [...] for the abolition of the punishment of death'.

Author: 
John Villiers Stuart Townshend, 5th Marquis Townshend (1831-1899), styled Viscount Raynham [ Lord Raynham ] between 1855 and 1863 [ William Ewart (1798-1869), Radical politcian; capital punishment ]
Publication details: 
11 Grosvenor Square [ London ]. 14 June 1856.
£50.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with some glue staining to blank reverse of last leaf. He presented, as requested, 'on the day of Mr. Ewart's motion the petitions which you forwarded to me for the abolition of the penalty of death', and apologises for not informing the recipient of the fact sooner: 'it has led you to believe that I have not received them.

Typed Letter Signed ('Sydney Silverman') from Labour Party Member of Parliament Samuel Sydney Silverman to Lord Chorley, discussing what action to take if the Death Penalty Abolition Bill passes its third reading in the House of Commons.

Author: 
Samuel Sydney Silverman (1895-1968), Labour politician and opponent of capital punishment [Robert Samuel Theodore Chorley (1895-1978), 1st Baron Chorley, legal scholar and Labour politician]
Publication details: 
On House of Commons letterhead. 4 June 1956.
£45.00

1p., 4to. 14 lines of text. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed in manuscript to 'Dear Chorley'. Silverman has been 'considering the position which will arise on the assumption which I think we may now make with some confidence that the Death Penalty Abolition Bill will soon pass its third reading in the House of Commons'. He has had a number of letters of support from the House of Lords, 'in particular from Astor and Templewood'.

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