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The Perils of Literacy
« on: Monday 12 February 24 05:02 GMT (UK) »
Not a request for family research, just an interesting story.

A relative of mine back in the day was not just literate, but given to writing poetry.

He wrote a poem about the undoubted perils of lead poisoning.

Which he dedicated to his landlord.

He won a free, all expenses paid trip to the Antipodes!

A letter he wrote while awaiting trial was one of the principal pieces of evidence used to convict him.
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Re: The Perils of Literacy
« Reply #1 on: Monday 12 February 24 05:18 GMT (UK) »
What was his crime, slandering the landlord?
Wiltshire:  Banks, Taylor
Somerset:  Duddridge, Richards, Barnard, Pillinger
Gloucestershire:  Barnard, Marsh, Crossman
Bristol:  Banks, Duddridge, Barnard
Down:  Ennis, McGee
Wicklow:  Chapman, Pepper
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Re: The Perils of Literacy
« Reply #2 on: Monday 12 February 24 05:31 GMT (UK) »
 ;D ;D
Gaunt, Ransom, McNally, Stanfield, Kimberley. (Tasmania)
Brown, Johnstone, Eskdale, Brand  (Dumfriesshire,  Scotland)
Booth, Bruerton, Deakin, Wilkes, Kimberley
(Warwicks, Staffords)
Gaunt (Yorks)
Percy, Dunning, Hyne, Grigg, Farley (Devon, UK)
Duncan (Fife, Devon), Hugh, Blee (Cornwall)
Green, Mansfield, (Herts)
Cavenaugh, Ransom (Middlesex)
 

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Re: The Perils of Literacy
« Reply #3 on: Monday 12 February 24 05:50 GMT (UK) »
What was his crime, slandering the landlord?

What crime, he was innocent, innocent!

His perfectly factual verse about the perils of lead poisoning and his touching concern for the health and wellbeing  of his landlord was somehow misconstrued as a threatening letter. Typical British colonialism.
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Re: The Perils of Literacy
« Reply #4 on: Monday 12 February 24 12:59 GMT (UK) »
 ;D ;D

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Re: The Perils of Literacy
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 13 February 24 08:20 GMT (UK) »
;D ;D

Wasn't very funny for poor Martin, who died a prisoner in Van Diemen's Land.  :(
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Re: The Perils of Literacy
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 13 February 24 08:40 GMT (UK) »
A bit  like The Tolpuddle  Martyrs ,ag labs who formed a secret union because their wages were so low.
Someone leaked info so their employer found out and cut their wages further.
Fearful there might be something like the zFrench Revolution the government had banned meetings and groups  etc. so they had committed treason .

They were condemned to seven years transportation .
There were only seven men involved so badly mass insurrection!
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