John Barrell: The Bow Street Runners, 7 June 2012
Show More The First English Detectives: The Bow Street Runners and the Policing of London, 1750-1840 by J.M. Beattie.
Oxford, 272 pp., £65, February 2012, 978 0 19 969516 4Show More
“... felt under any obligation to pretend to believe this stuff. When in 1821, the magistrate George Boulton Mainwaring set out his thoughts on how to stop the poor stealing from the better-off, he first freely acknowledged that in periods of high food prices and high unemployment, the poor ‘must either live by plunder or die from starvation’. Everyone knew ...”