Tuesday, February 9, 2010

February 24, 1776

Pennsylvania Evening Post published news of the Society for Relieving the Distress of Prisoners.

The distress of imprisoned debtors moved "many of the inhabitants" of Pennsylvania to found the Society. The Society hoped to promote the debtors' release ("enlargement"). "To find many, whose labour might be useful to the public, languishing out their days in a prison, when the payment of their fees would have set them at liberty long ago, must strongly urge the feeling mind to solicit their enlargement."
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