Mimi MatthewsMimi Matthews

19th Century Law


Overzealous Research Lands Cross-Dressing Victorian Writer in the Dock

In 1891, an elderly man in a dress, discovered strolling down Regent Street, was arrested and charged with “being in a public thoroughfare dressed as a woman."...

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A Proposed 18th Century Tax Bill Targets 27-Year-Old Spinsters...And Their Cats!

In a 1777 letter to the editor of London Magazine, a gentleman has appended a proposed bill to levy a tax on old maids....

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Kissed Against Her Will: A Victorian Case of Assault and Abuse of Power

In the Victorian era, ‘stealing a kiss’ was considered an unlawful touching and an assault under the law....

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Death at the Needle: The Tragedy of Victorian Seamstress Mary Walkley

The death of Mary Walkley sparked a firestorm of public outrage....

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The Notorious 1880 Police Raid of the Cross-Dressing Ball at Temperance Hall

On September 24, 1880, the police received information that a fancy dress ball scheduled to be held that night was going to be of an improper character....

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Midwives, Abortion, and the Offences Against the Person Act of 1861

Under the Offences Against the Person Act of 1861, any pregnant woman who acted with intent to “procure her own miscarriage” was guilty of a felony....

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