Prisoners' Letters to the Bank of England, 1781-1827

London Record Society, volume 42. This volume comprises several hundred of such letters held in the Bank of England's archives. Many, mainly those written by or for women, came from the depths of abject misery and poverty, begging help to cope with prison conditions and with the journey to Australia. Others offered information to the Bank about forged note traffickers in the hope of gaining some benefit for themselves. The collection reveals an extraordinary story of a surprising relationship between convicted prisoners and a mighty financial institution.

London Record Society. Originally published by London Record Society, London, 2007.

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