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By Caroline Sheridan Norton

Caroline Norton (1808-1877) was once 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 grew to become 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, profits and any bequests made to them instantly 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 reports for representation and recommending adjustments which might increase women's criminal place. released in 1855 whilst Parliament used to be debating the topic of divorce reform, this quantity exhibits the criminal place of girls at the 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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A Letter to the Queen on Lord Chancellor Cranworth’s Marriage and Divorce Bill

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And this was a King whose Queen " condoned " everything. 's 53 queen, no one would desire to dwell. But Dr. '7 Her death did not appease him. The chief Magistrate of London, Sir R. Baker, resigned on account of the King's displeasure at the royal corpse being suffered to pass; arid Major-General Sir R. Wilson was removed from the army by royal order, for the part he had taken in the Queen's favour; on which occasion the public feeling was manifested by a public subscription being raised to compensate the General for the loss of his commission, to the extent of £10,000.

Why is it more difficult than in France? Why more difficult than in Scotland? Simply because our legists and legislators insist on binding tares with wheat, and combining all sorts of contradictions which they never will be able satisfactorily to combine. They never will satisfy, with measures that give one law for one sex and the rich, and another law for the other sex and the poor. Nor will they ever succeed in acting on the legal fiction that married women are " non-existent," and man and wife are still "one," in cases of alienation, separation, and enmity; when they are about as much a o n e " as those ingenious twisted groups of animal death we sometimes see in sculpture; one creature wild to resist, and the other fierce to destroy.

More recently, Lord Redesdale,—speaking on the Lord Chancellor's Bill,—says he shall oppose any divorce law, and considers marriage should be " indissoluble:" But Lord St. Leonards affirms, that "it won't do at this time of day" to speak of the indissoluble nature of marriage; and that the only question is, what shall be the machinery of the new law for its dissolution? " But Lord Campbell (a Scotchman) pooh-poohs the idea of its being a divine ordinance, and says that mar- 26 riage was held indissoluble in times of Popery, but is not held so now; and on that very account a judicial instead of an ecclesiastical jurisdiction ought now to be established.

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