The Fourteenth Account of the Progress made in Suppressing Prophaneness and Debauchery, by the Societies for Reformation of Manners, in the Cities of London and Westminster, and places adjacent.

SOCIETY FOR REFORMATION OF MANNERS.

Editorial: Printed by Joseph Downing in Bartholomew-Close near West-Smithfield. 1709, 1709
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Large broadside. In v.g. state, very neat & expert repair to clean tear, without loss, sl. tears to extreme top of several vertical folds well clear of text. ESTC T40110, BL and Bodleian only. The earliest such list recorded by ESTC is for 1701? under the title 'A sixth black list of the names, or reputed names, of eight hundred and forty three leud and scandalous persons, who, by the endeavours of a society, for promoting a reformation of manners . have been legally prosecuted'. It continued under this general title for thirteen 'black-lists', this Fourteenth Account being the first with this new title wording. The Society for the Reformation of Manners was formed in Tower Hamlets, London, in 1690, and from it developed a number of similar Societies in a loose confederation. Their primary goal was the suppression of bawdy houses, street prostitution, profanity and general public immorality. A network of moral guardians was set up, with four stewards in each ward of the city of London, two for each parish, and a committee, whose business it was to gather the names and addresses of offenders against morality, and to keep minutes of their misdeeds. By 1699 there were nine such societies, and by 1701 there were nearly twenty in London, plus others in the provinces, all corresponding with one another. One of the main differences between these Societies and other moral reform movements, is that the Societies adopted the strategy of exploiting the criminal justice system for suppressing immorality. Thus their members gathered information which they gave to Justices of the Peace, and provided funds to people to pay for prosecutions, or brought prosecutions on their own. (R.Norton (ed.), 'Reformation Necessary to Prevent Our Ruin, 1727', Homosexuality in Eighteenth-Century England: a sourcebook. 2000.). N° de ref. de la librería

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Título: The Fourteenth Account of the Progress made ...
Editorial: Printed by Joseph Downing in Bartholomew-Close near West-Smithfield. 1709
Año de publicación: 1709

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