[ John M. Anderson, Governor of Warwick County Prison. ] Long Autograph Letter Signed ('Jno. M. Anderson | Esq.') to Richard Harington, regarding his 'circular as to the treatment of prisoners'.

John M. Anderson, Governor, County Prison, Warwick [ Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington, 12th Baronet ]
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'County Prison Warwick | 15th. Feb 1876.'
SKU: 19277

9pp., 4to. On grey laid paper. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, on nine leaves held together with a pin. He begins by discussing Harington's 'first motion, viz, "that all persons who are in custody for the purpose of detention merely and not in execution of a penal Sentence for an Offence should be subjected to one uniform discipline"'. Other topics discussed include: 'the proposal "That power be given to the Courts to place any person convicted of felony and not sentenced to Hard labor on rules for 1st. Class misdemeanours"'; '"Prisoners Waiting Trial" and upon "Remand"'; 'Witnesses in Custody' He concludes with a discussion of 'the question of separation of prisoners generally', which he regards as 'the back bone of all good discipline', having 'wonderfully improved the moral tone of prisons' and giving 'the greatest chance for the moral reformation of prisoners'. The separate system does not, in his view, 'under proper medical supervision inflict any injury on any prisoner'. From the Harington family papers.