An Enquiry Into the Causes of the Late Increase of Robbers and Related Writings

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Clarendon Press, 1988 - Social Science - 340 pages
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An Enquiry into the Causes of the Late Increase of Robbers, and Related Writings provides critical unmodernized texts of Henry Fielding's legal and social pamphlets during the period 1749 to 1753, when Fielding served as magistrate for the City and Liberty of Westminster and County of Middlesex. The texts, for the first time, are fully annotated, and a lengthy introduction places them in their biographical and intellectual context, and provides a detailed account of their publication and reception. Five of the six pamphlets included in this volume clearly serve the interests of the Pelham Administration. There is, however, no evidence to show that Fielding wrote any of the pamphlets at the invitation or command of figures of power within the Pelham Administration; instead he appears simply to have seized those opportunities appropriate to his office to further government interests or, as with An Enquiry into the Causes of the Late Increase of Robbers (1751) and A Proposal for Making an Effectual Provision for the Poor (1753), offered his own solutions to problems which Parliament was currently debating.

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Contents

A CHARGE DELIVERED TO THE GRAND JURY
1
A TRUE STATE OF THE CASE OF BOSAVERN PENLEZ
31
AN ENQUIRY INTO THE CAUSES OF THE LATE INCREASE OF ROBBERS
61
A PROPOSAL FOR MAKING AN EFFECTUAL PROVISION FOR THE POOR
219
A CLEAR STATE OF THE CASE OF ELIZABETH CANNING
281
APPENDIXES
313
I List of Substantive Emendations
315
II List of Accidentals Emendations
316
III Endoftheline Hyphenation in the Copytext
319
IV Historical Collation
321
V Bibliographical Descriptions
322
INDEX
327
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Malvin R. Zirker is Professor of English at Indiana University.

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