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The Littlehampton LibelsA Miscarriage of Justice and a Mystery about Words in 1920s England$
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Christopher Hilliard

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198799658

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198799658.001.0001

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Will You Let Me Have That Letter

Will You Let Me Have That Letter

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The Littlehampton Libels

Christopher Hilliard

Oxford University Press

The chapter begins by outlining the nature of imprisonment in prisons with both male and female inmates. Portsmouth, which was one such prison, was where Rose Gooding was remanded and then served her sentence. On her release, the obscene letters started up again. Her family followed a ruse to give her an alibi: Gooding spent two weeks in Lewes while everyone else in the family ostentatiously pretended she was still at home, hoping that the author of the libels continued to write them without realizing that Gooding was away. In the trial that took place after Edith Swan launched a new prosecution, Gooding’s new barrister failed to prove the alibi. Appearing this time before Mr Justice Avory, a veteran criminal lawyer, she was sentenced to a year’s imprisonment.

Keywords:   prison, imprisonment, hard labour, alibi, Horace Avory

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