An intermittently Liberal anthology compiled by Jonathan Calder

Sunday, April 18, 2004  

Gaol fever
They hanged at Tyburn, in those days, so the street outside Newgate had not obtained one infamous notoriety that has since attached to it. But, the gaol was a vile place in which most kinds of debauchery and villainy were practised, and where dire diseases were bred, that came into court with the prisoners, and sometimes raised straight from the dock at my Lord Chief Justice himself, and pulled him off the bench. It had more than once happened, that the Judge in the black cap pronounced his own doom as certainly as the prisoner's, and even died before him.

Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities (1859)

posted by Jonathan Calder | 9:44 pm