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Remarks on Transportation and on a Recent Defence of the System; in a second letter to Earl Grey....
London: B. Fellowes, 1834. Octavo, contemporary full polished calf, spine gilt with morocco label. Richard Whately was an enthusiastic agitator against transportation (his influential 1832 pamphlet Thoughts on Secondary Punishments led in part to the House of Commons select committee inquiry) this was founded on his belief that punishment and effective colonization were contradictory aims. Being an ardent penal reformer, he believed that prisoners should know the real meaning of their sentences and was therefore a supporter of certain sentences being irremissible. He became an enthusiastic phrenologist and had a cast of his head made at Oxford in 1831, submitting it to three phrenologists in all. He sympathized with George Combe's view of phrenology as the philosophy of the New Testament. It was another example of the compatibility of Christianity with the new sciences, and in particular a 'scientific' demonstration of man's moral faculty....
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