By Caroline Sheridan Norton
Caroline Norton (1808-1877) used to be a Victorian writer and campaigner for social reform, in particular reform of women's felony rights. during this lucidly written account Norton describes how upon marriage in 1855 girls turned legally 'non-existent': they can no longer deliver circumstances to courtroom; they can now not input right into a agreement; they can now not instigate a divorce and their possessions, gains and any bequests made to them immediately turned their husband's estate. Norton explains how this loss of criminal autonomy affected girls in the event that they grew to become estranged from their husbands, utilizing her personal reviews for representation and recommending alterations which might enhance women's criminal place. released in 1855 while Parliament was once debating the topic of divorce reform, this quantity exhibits the felony place of girls at present. It presents the critiques of up to date legislators in help and competition at the problems with women's felony rights and reform of divorce legislation.
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We find no difficulty in controlling the merchant in his factories, the master with his apprentices, nor in the protection of persons in all other dependant positions. We find no difficulty in punishing the abuse of power, or discovered crime. It suffices that it be proved that wrong was committed, and punishment follows as a matter of course. The poor cabin boy is on the high seas. The steward, or the captain, or a brutal messmate, maltreats the boy. He is bruised,—he is maimed, —he is miserable,—that meagre shuffling overworked lad, whose very surname perhaps nobody knows: some little outcast Tom, Jack, or Jim, sent to sea by the parish.
What is to be the rule?
Where was the remedy? There was none. A second case last session, was one in which a married man of rank came to England, to dispute the guardianship of an infant child born of a double adultery; the married lady who was its mother having been divorced for his sake. The evil bond between them being already broken, each desired to retain this u pledge of love," the person of the little child. It was seized by the mother; regained by the father; made the subject of police struggles on the Continent, and of a threatening scandal in England.
A Letter to the Queen on Lord Chancellor Cranworth’s Marriage and Divorce Bill by Caroline Sheridan Norton