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Commentaries upon martial law, with special reference to its regulation and restraint
London: Stevens and Sons, 1867. Neatly rebacked.. Octavo, a couple of leaves carelessly opened; original gilt-lettered cloth. The commentary centres on the evidence against two officers, Nelson and Brand accused of offenses committed during the Jamaica insurrection of 1865 after the imposition of martial law by Edward John Eyre, the Colonial Governor (and explorer). The trial and subsequent hanging of a mulatto magistrate George Gordon and the brutal aftermath of martial law (hundreds were slain) caused controversy in Britain with liberal intellectuals like John Stuart Mill mounting the case against Eyre and Thomas Carlyle heading the committee defending him.Twice Eyre was charged with murder, but the cases never proceeded.The subsequent case was influential in setting a precedent in English and Australian law over the choice of law to be applied in international torts cases. The case highlighted what Sarah Winter eloquently described as 'the ongoing conflict between the rule of law as a constitutional principle applying within Britain and the exigencies of governing a disenfranchised populace in the colonies that undermine the rule of law.'Presentation copy to J.W. Gorst, M.P., Conservative Party reformer.
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