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Memoirs of the Life of Sir Samuel Romilly

Memoirs of the Life of Sir Samuel Romilly
Written by Himself: with a Selection from his Correspondence
3 Volume Set

Part of Cambridge Library Collection - British & Irish History, 17th & 18th Centuries

  • Date Published: September 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108064606

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  • A friend of Wilberforce and Bentham, Sir Samuel Romilly (1757–1818) combined considerable legal expertise with commitment to progressive political causes such as the abolition of the slave trade. During his time in Parliament - he was Solicitor General in Lord Grenville's 'Ministry of All the Talents' - he sought to lessen the archaic severity of English criminal law regarding corporal and capital punishment. Though he met with resistance, his efforts raised awareness and influenced later reforms. Compiled by his sons and published in 1840, this three-volume collection of autobiographical writings and varied correspondence illuminates the development of his outlook and the principles which guided him. The volumes include Romilly's two-part narrative of his life from 1757 to 1789, letters from eminent friends such as the French revolutionary Mirabeau, selected correspondence with Genevan writer Étienne Dumont and others, and Romilly's diary of his parliamentary life between 1806 and 1818.

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    • Date Published: September 2013
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108064606
    • length: 1398 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • weight: 1.77kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1:
    1. Narrative of the early life of Sir Samuel Romilly
    2. Letters to the Rev. John Roget
    3. Letters from the count de Mirabeau and others
    4. Correspondence with M. Dumont and others. Volume 2:
    1. Correspondence
    2. Diary of a journey to Paris
    3. Narrative of events in 1805
    4. Diary of his parliamentary life
    Appendix. Volume 3:
    1. Diary of the parliamentary life of Sir Samuel Romilly (cont.)
    2. Letters to C

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    Samuel Romilly

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