'The people that the maddest times were ever plagued with':
English Justice and Fair Trials after the Gordon Riots (1780)?
Uwe Böker (Dresden)
1. Sources: Trial Accounts
GTr I/II = The Trial of George Gordon, Esquire, commonly called Lord George Gordon, for High treason at the Bar of the Court of King's Bench, On Money, February 5th, 1781. The Fourth Edition. Taken in Short-Hand by Joseph Gurney. London: Sold by O. Kearley ... and M. Gurney, 1781 [pp. 1-37] - The Second Part. Third Edition [pp. 1-65].
GTr2 = The Trial of Lord George Gordon for High Treason at the Bar of the Court of King's Bench, On Monday, February 5th, 1781. Published under the Inspection of his Lordship's Friends. To which are subjoined several original papers relating to the subject. Edinburgh, printed by J. Mennons and Co. Brodie's Close, Lawnmarket, Edinburgh , pp. 1-199.
SP = The Proceedings on the King's Special Commission of Oyer and Terminer for the County Surry, held at St. Margaret's Hill, On Monday the 14th of July, 1780, and the following Days: before The Right Hon. Alexander Lord Loughborough, chief Justice of His Majestie's Cour of Common Pleas; The Hon. Sir James Eyre, Knight, one of the Barons of his Majesty's Court of Exchecker, and The Hon. Francis Buller, one the Justices of his Majesty's Court of King's Bench. Taken in Short-Hand (with the Permission of the Court) by Joseph Gurney, Short-Hand Writer at the Sessions in the Old Bailey. Part I. London: Printed for Joseph Gurney 1780.
WP = The whole Proceedings on the King's Commission of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer and Gaol Delivery for the City of London; and also the Gaol Delivery for the County of Middlesex; Held at Justice Hall in the Old Bailey, On Wednesday the 28th of June 1780, and the following Days, Being the Sixth Session in the Mayoralty of The Right Honbl. Brackeley Kennet, lord Mayor of the City of London. Taken in Short-Hand by Joseph Gurney, And Published by Authority. London: Printed for Joseph Gurney 1779/1780.
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