[Philip Cecil Crampton, Solicitor-General for Ireland.] Autograph Letter Signed ('P Crampton') to 'Friend Edwards', justifying capital punishment in the context of his sentence of death on Patrick Woods for the murder of Thomas Powell.

Philip Crampton [Philip Cecil Crampton] (1783-1862), Solicitor-General for Ireland, Irish judge, politician, proponent of temperance [capital punishment; Patrick Woods; murder of Thomas Powell, 1841]
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'St. Valeri [i.e. St Valery] | Bray' [Co. Wicklow, Ireland]. 24 August 1841.

A good long letter arguing in favour of capital punishment, and discussing the temperance movement in Ireland. The main subject of the letter is Patrick Woods, who was hanged on 20 November 1841 for the murder of Thomas Powell. Woods was part of a six-man gang which murdered Powell at his house near Newtownhamilton. On behalf of a local landowner, Powell had been overseeing the building of a school on land taken from a number of Catholic families. 4pp, 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn. Folded three times. Sixty-two lines of text.

[ Sir Edward George Clarke, barrister who represented Oscar Wilde. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edward Clarke'), reminiscing about a trial at which he considers his client was wrongly convicted, and commenting on his son William Francis Clarke.

Sir Edward Clarke [ Sir Edward George Clarke ] (1841-1931), Conservative Solicitor-General who represented Oscar Wilde against the Marquis of Queensbury [ William Francis Clarke (1883-1961) ]
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On letterhead of Peterhouse, Staines [ Middlesex ]. 22 December 1927.

1p., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. He begins by expressing pleasure at having been asked to write his name in Tyrrell's copy of his book (probably 'Benjamin Disraeli', published in 1926). He also thanks him for 'the kind things said about me in your letter'. He has 'tried to be useful in various ways', and remembers 'the case you mention.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Edw. Foss') from Edward Foss, author of 'The Judges of England', regarding the prosecutor of King Charles I, John Cook [Cooke], Solicitor-General of the Commonwealth. With page of extracts on Cook by the recipient.

Edward Foss (1787-1870), legal writer and biographer, under-sheriff of London, 1827-1828 [John Cook [John Cooke] (c.1608-1660, Solicitor-General of the Commonwealth, prosecutor of King Charles I]
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Churchill House, Dover [Kent]. 15 December 1863.

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium, with Foss's letter (33 lines) on both sides of the first leaf, and the page of extracts by the recipient (38 lines) on the recto of the second leaf. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with one corner of the first leaf cut away. The letter is addressed to 'My dear Sir', without any indication of the recipient's identity.

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