Six Years in the Prisons of England by A Merchant

Six Years in the Prisons of England

byA Merchant, Frank Henderson, Editor

Kobo ebook | June 23, 2013

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  1. — My Commercial Antecedents — How I got into Prison
  2. — My Feelings on First Entering a Prison — Treatment and Employment before Trial — My Trial and Sentence
  3. — Three Months in a Scottish Prison — Begin my Study of the Convict and his Surroundings — An Old Jail Bird — A Soldier — An Innocent Convict — My First Cracksman Acquaintance — Conspiracy to Murder an Officer, and Escape — My Removal to England
  4. — My Arrival at the Yorkshire Prison — In Simpliciter Naturalibus — Get Animal Food — Medical Treatment — Statuesque Christianity — Removed to the Hospital — Death of a Prisoner — My Leg gets Much Worse — Removal to Surrey Prison
  5. — Surrey Prison — Daily Routine of Hospital Life — Set a Thief to Catch a Thief — My Leg gets Worse — Amputation — Life Despaired of — Prison Doctors — Want of Periodical Hospital Inspection
  6. — I Petition the Home Secretary — Doctor pronounces me "Quite Well" — "Schemers," their Treatment and Fate — Death-Bed Scenes
  7. — Thiefology — What the uninitiated Convict may Learn in Prison
  8. — Another Companion — A Career of Crime — His Opinions about Religion and Church Rates — An Incurable: His Opinion about Flogging
  9. — Another Prisoner — Happy as a King — Cure of a Doctor — The Tobacco and Food Exchange — Another Jail Bird — Civil and Lazy — Undeserved Remission — Prison Directors, and How they Discharge their Duties — I Petition to Go Abroad on "Insufficient Grounds"
  10. — The Prison — Daily Routine — Readings in Prison — Quarrels among the Prisoners — Protestants versus Catholics — School — Sundays in Prison — "Sacrament Blokes" — Turning Point in Prisoners' Career
  11. — Indiscriminate Association of Prisoners — Transportation, and the Cause of its Failure — A Gunsmith
  12. — How Rebels against Society are made — I am Removed to a Small Room, amongst Murderers — The "Highflyer" again — How a Young Gentleman was made a Warning to Others
  13. — The Act of 1864 — Classification of Prisoners — The Mark System: Its Defects — The True Criminal Law of Restitution — The only Method by which Confirmed Criminals may be Reclaimed — Workhouses
  14. — The New Arrangements as to Remissions — Artificial Legs — Another Interview with the Visiting Director — Compose Verses — Hospital once more — Fenians — Prisoners' Letters
  15. — A very bad Case — A self-taught Artist — A Clergyman also a Convict — The Clergyman is taught Tailoring — How we Punish Violation of the Seventh Commandment and the Eighth
  16. — Quackery — Food — A Chatham Prisoner eats Snails and Frogs — Sir Joshua Jebb's System and its Defects
  17. — A new Governor — Bread-and-Water Jack — Severe Punishments — Directors again — A Herb Doctor — Extraordinary Story
  18. — In Prison again — I see the Prison Director for the last time — Gentleman Prisoners — A Will Forger — A "Warning to Others" — Fenians — Treatment of Political Prisoners — Another Jail Bird
  19. — Prisoners' Conversations — Larry and Tim get into Chokey — Big Croppy — What Pat gets "in for" — Malicious Gambling — Pat's Patent for getting a New Coat — Dick's Exploits — Ned's Adventures and Escapes — A New Screw arrives — A Prisoner empties the Wine Cup at the Altar — Ned, Dick, and Pat's Opinions about Badges, Classification, Head Blokes, Prisoners' Aid Society and the Irish System
  20. — Capital Punishments — I receive my License — Strange Bed-fellows — My Liberation236
    Letters received by the Author —
    From the French Consul Général in London
    From M. Rouher, Ministre de l'Agriculture, du Commerce et des Travaux Public
    From the Committee of Privy Council for Trade
    Orders of License to a Convict
Title:Six Years in the Prisons of EnglandFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 23, 2013Publisher:VolumesOfValueLanguage:English

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