The case of Hannah Lee of Withernwick

In April 1832 Hannah Lee of Withernwick was found guilty of assault and battery on a Ann Sawden also of Withernwick. She was sentenced to 6 months in prison and also to pay a fine of £50, a sizeable sum of money in 1832.  She may well have raised the money by the sale of her farm (?), another sign that she may have been reasonably wealthy was that she had a servent named James Robson. I can find no reference to any of them in the 1841 census. At the bottom of the petition is a note from a surgeon refering to the ill health of Hannah. Below that is a letter from Richard Bethell of Rise Hall in support of Hannah's petition. It all seems to make up a rather sad but very evocative tale of life in early 19th century Withernwick.

Below is a letter to the Secretary of State, Home Department,
by Richard Bethell of Rise Hall on behalf of the petition to release Hannah Lee

A transcript of the above letter.

Rise, nr. Hull   July 7 1832

My Lord,  

The enclosed petition and annexed Certificate were presented to the Magistrates assembled at the last Quarter Sessions of the Peace for the East Riding of Yorkshire held at Beverley on 2nd July and following two days. The truth of the allegations was examined into and confirmed – I am desired by the Magistrates to recommend the case of the Petitioner to the favourable consideration of his Majesty that under all the circumstances of the case he may be graciously pleased to commute the remainder of the punishment.

I have the honour to remain,                     
My Lord,   Your Lordship’s most obedient & humble servant  

                            R Bethell
Chairman of the East Riding Lent Sessions

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