Autograph document signed, approving a plan for a ‘Prison for Boys’ at Durham County Gaol.

Whitehall, 2 February 1853.

8vo bifolium (232 x 185 mm), pp. [1]; signed ‘Palmerston’ and with his personal seal in red wax attached to green silk ribbons at head; sometime folded, lightly soiled, paper splitting slightly at head of main fold, small losses from red wax seal, but in very good condition.

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Autograph document signed, approving a plan for a ‘Prison for Boys’ at Durham County Gaol.

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A document signed by Lord Palmerston as Home Secretary. He signifies his approval of ‘the annexed plan [no longer present] of a Prison for Boys, on the upper floor of the South Wing of the Gaol for the County of Durham’.

Before his first premiership Palmerston held the post of Home Secretary briefly: ‘he accepted the Home Office (28 December 1852) in the whig and Peelite ministry that replaced Derby’s. Busying himself with prison reform, factory legislation, and public health in a spirit of humanitarianism and efficiency, he carried his objections to Russell’s plans for a wider franchise to the length of resigning on 16 December 1853’ (ODNB).

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