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An Address to the Gentlemen and Others of the County of Devon

Exeter(?), Printed in London (1748), Price 6d. illus. 34. pp.

Prepared by Michael Steer

Much contemporary literature affirms that in the 18th and 19th century 'madness business', professionals were able to do almost anything to their patients without having to answer to the law. One area where the legal system did take an interest was where property was concerned. Henry Roberts was a young man with estates worth around £40,000. Orphaned by his first birthday, his property was managed by trustees until he came of age in 1739. This was when, according to the pamphlet, the trustees, in order to evade charges of mismanagement, began to move for a 'Commission of Idiocy' against him. A series of court cases followed, initially at Exeter, later at Westminster, and Mr Roberts was "cruelly deprived of his estate under a pretence of idiocy". The pamphlet is outspoken in its support for Roberts, particularly identifying the participants in the affair, detailing their roles and interests. This rare pamphlet was produced from a digital copy held by the Bodleian Library that can be downloaded from Google Books. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. Those on which copyright has expired are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.
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Anderson, Sir Stephen 10, 25-6
Andrews, Dr 16
Bacon, Lord Chancellor 14
Balle, Thomas Esq 16
Bearcroft, Dr 16
Belfied, John Esq 16
Bethel, Slingsby Esq 16
Bracker, Mr Josias 23
Cove, Nicholas, Snr Esq 16
Finney, Dr 4, 10, 20, 25-7
Fursman, Mr 16
Gerrard, Mr Thomas 13, 15
Haynes, John Esq 16
Henderson, Thomas Esq 16
Holmes, Dr 16
Ireland, Mr 16
Lynch, Dean 9
Masterman, Mr 11
Mead, Dr 16
Monroe, Dr 16
Morrice, Sir William 11
Nichols, Dr 16
Polluxfon, Mr John 12
Pyke, Mrs 10
Radcliff 16, 28
Regis, Dr 16
Roberts, Mr throughout
Rogers, Sir John 11
Russel, William Esq 16
Shapleigh, John Esq 16
Smith, William Esq 16
Sommers, Mr 16
Spelman, Sir Henry 13
St Paul, Pierre 16
Swinburn, ___ Esq 14
Taylor, Mr Joseph of Denbury 22
Tryan, Mr 16