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3 - Letters of the Law

Everyday Uses of the Law at the Turn of the English Nineteenth Century

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  16 January 2020

Carolyn Steedman
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University of Warwick
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Some ordinary working people at the turn of the nineteenth century appear to have had the knowledge and the means to employ an attorney to write a legally threatening letter to those who had offended them in some way, thus bypassing the ‘official’ legal channel of the local magistrate. Their law consciousness is explored by examining four specific cases of a purchased ‘lawyer’s letter’ and by the variety of jokes – terrifying comedy – they made about the law.

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History and the Law
A Love Story
, pp. 59 - 82
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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  • Letters of the Law
  • Carolyn Steedman, University of Warwick
  • Book: History and the Law
  • Online publication: 16 January 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108623506.003
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  • Letters of the Law
  • Carolyn Steedman, University of Warwick
  • Book: History and the Law
  • Online publication: 16 January 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108623506.003
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  • Letters of the Law
  • Carolyn Steedman, University of Warwick
  • Book: History and the Law
  • Online publication: 16 January 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108623506.003
Available formats
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