THE GIPSIES' ADVOCATE; Or Observations on the Origin,Character,Manners & Habits, of the English Gypsies etc.
A nice clean tight copy of the expanded third edition issued just 12 months after the First in the original watered silk publishers binding 8vo.xii.200pps with contemporary inscriptions and six leaves of notes relating to Gipsey sic. Vocabulary. The Rev Crabb had already done much for the poor & disadvantaged of Hampshire when In March1827 during the Lent Assizes he went to Winchester and wishing to speak with the sheriff’s chaplain, he went to the court for that purpose. He happened to enter just as the judge was passing the sentence of death on two unhappy men. To one he held out the hope of mercy; but to the other, a poor Gipsy, who was convicted of horse-stealing, he said, no hope could be given.The young man, for he was but a youth, immediately fell on his knees, and with uplifted hands & eyes, apparently unconscious of any persons being present but the judge and himself, addressed him as follows; “Oh! My Lord, save my life!” The judge replied; “No, you can have no mercy in this world; I and my brother judges have come to the determination to execute horse-stealers, especially Gipsies, because of the increase of the crime.” The suppliant, still on his knees, entreated; “Do my Lord Judge, save my life! do, for God’s sake, for my wife’s sake, for my baby’s sake!” “No,” replied the judge, “I cannot. You should have thought of your wife and children before.” The author goes on over several pages to detail his interactions with the poor mans widow and family.
Author James Crabb [1774-1851]
Publisher LONDON Nisbet,Westley;Hatchards 1832
Offered by John L Capes