KING’S BENCH PRISON, 1812. 18357



The original Letter Signed by William Ticken and 107 other inmates of the King’s Bench Prison, addressed to Samuel Whitbread M.P., thanking him “for the support you gave the Bill for our relief and for your polite and generous attention to Us throughout the Sessions”. 3 pp. 12 x 8 inches, text complete but in a fragile state, separated at some folds, edges nicked, etc. In need of conservation and further research into the signatures. King’s Bench Prison [London], 1 August 1812. The King’s Bench Prison was a prison in Southwark, south London. It took its name from the King’s Bench court of law in which cases of defamation, bankruptcy and other misdemeanours were heard; as such, the prison was often used as a debtor’s prison until the practice was abolished in the 1860s. During 1812 Parliament debated The Insolvent Debtors Bill.