Debating the Law

Donna T. Andrew and Randall McGowen

in The Perreaus and Mrs. Rudd

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780520220621
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923706 | DOI:
Debating the Law

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This chapter discusses the legal controversy surrounding Mrs. Rudd's detention after the trial of Daniel Perreau. It notes that this act transformed what had been a scandal into a major legal controversy. It further notes that before the case was over, it would raise serious questions about the law and bring the procedures of justice itself into dispute. It observes that in the charged political climate of the 1770s, the press and the public were sensitive to the conduct of the executive and the courts. The chapter further observes that the complex, ongoing struggle between the Crown and the supporters of the radical MP John Wilkes over executive power and privilege, as well as conflict between American colonists and the government over many of the same issues, formed the backdrop for such apprehensions.

Keywords: Mrs. Rudd's detention; Daniel Perreau; scandal; legal controversy; law; justice; press; public; Crown; MP John Wilkes

Chapter.  10567 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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