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By Caroline Sheridan Norton

ISBN-10: 0511731493

ISBN-13: 9780511731495

Caroline Norton (1808-1877) used to be a Victorian writer and campaigner for social reform, particularly reform of women's felony rights. during this lucidly written account Norton describes how upon marriage in 1855 ladies turned legally 'non-existent': they can no longer deliver circumstances to court docket; they can now not input right into a agreement; they can no longer 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 felony autonomy affected girls in the event that they grew to become estranged from their husbands, utilizing her personal stories for representation and recommending alterations which might enhance women's felony place. released in 1855 whilst Parliament was once debating the topic of divorce reform, this quantity indicates the criminal place of girls at the moment. It offers the reviews of up to date legislators in aid and competition at the problems with women's felony rights and reform of divorce legislation.

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A third case (to which I shall recur) is my own: in which, after personal violence, ill-usage, an " action for damages," and a long separation, the husband—being desirous to raise money,— procured a contract to be signed between himself and his wife, containing certain provisions as to his trust-funds, and as to her income, both before and after the death of certain parties. That contract was witnessed and signed by the husband himself; by the solicitor who drew it up, 42 —a gentleman distinguished in his own branch of the legal profession: and by the Hon.

She is bound to afford him every assistance; to be " true till death "; to be obedient to his will; and to " condone " his guilty pleasures—and he is bound to nothing at all, except a nominal union, much resembling in its principle that singular invention, the Russian " Drosky," in which we see one horse harnessed within shafts, and drawing the weight of the carriage^ and the other caracoling and frisking in the most light agreeable and ornamental manner by its side, but bearing no part of the restraint imposed.

It is doom—but it is also justice: it is the mighty arm of the Law which has seized her, and will fling her from the Tarpeian rock of social condemnation, into the dark gulf of overwhelming disgrace. But if she be blameless: and if, contumacious and resentful, she harshly refuses to " condone"; if, with blind self-will and arrogance, she has the indecent hardihood to resist, and complain. If she wail and worry for JUSTICE, and talk of the mother who loved—the father who sheltered —the brother who will protect her,—and insist on being "separated" from you and vour mistress,—then, my poor friend, I fear we must do something; but we will do as little as possible: we will give her (what, in point of fact, you have already given her), " the Woman's Divorce";— leave to remain ALONE.

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