Autograph letter, signed, from John Bright to the British Home Secretary, Gathorne-Hardy,
1868 May 16.
|Main Creator:||Bright, John, 1811-1889|
Bright asks the Home Secretary for clemency for Barrett, on the basis of the doubts that existed over his conviction.
The newscuttings are from 'Reynolds's Newspaper' and 'The News of the World'. They give detailed reports of Barrett's execution, which was the last public execution in England.
The letter is accompanied by photocopies of two newscuttings reporting the execution of Michael Barrett.
Michael Barrett was a Fenian, executed on 26 May 1868 for his part in the Clerkenwell explosion, which was intended to blast a hole in a prison wall to allow a Fenian prisoner called Burke to escape. Instead the explosion killed a dozen or more local people.
Physical description: 2 items.
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