Imprisonment for Debt is a Form of Tyranny Herttell, Thomas [1771-1849]. Remarks on the Law of Imprisonment for Debt; Showing Its Unconstitutionality, And Its Demoralizing Influence on the Community. Boston: S.n., 1825. [iii], 4-47 pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/4"). Disbound stab-stitched pamphlet. Light soiling and edgewear, light toning. A well-preserved item. $450. * Second and final edition. Herttell, a reform-minded New York lawyer, argues that "civil government has not, nor can it acquire the right to pass a law authorizing imprisonment for debt" (5). He traces the first law permitting imprisonment for debt to England in 1267. That law, and its successors "emanated from the ignorance and tyranny of the darker ages, when the power of kings was nearly absolute" (5). This pamphlet was originally published in New York in 1823. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 2594.
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