|Creator:||Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Prison Committee.|
|Creator:||Kenn, Luke, fl. 1729|
|Title:||Prison Committee minutes concerning Sir Robert Eyre|
|Quantity:||0.2 Linear feet (1 microfilm reel)|
"Eyre, Sir Robert (1666--1735), judge, was the son and heir of Sir Samuel Eyre (bap. 1638, d. 1698) of Newhouse, Wiltshire, and Lincoln's Inn, and his wife, Martha, daughter of Francis Lucy, of the family of Charlecote in Warwickshire...Eyre was not immune from the charges of corruption which embroiled the Walpole regime, and in 1729--30 he was one of the judges suspected of 'screening' the prison gaolers who were being investigated by the House of Commons committee of inquiry into the state of prisons. Although Eyre was singled out as a primary target, being accused of collusion with Bainbridge, the warden of Newgate, before presiding at his trial, he was defended by the government and ultimately exonerated by the committee. He died on 28 December 1735 and was buried in St. Thomas's Church, Salisbury, on 7 January 1736." -- "Eyre, Sir Robert (1666--1735)." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/9036 (Retrieved November 23, 2009)
The collection consists of microfilmed records (minutes) taken by Clerk Luke Kenn of James Oglethorpe's Prison Committee in its investigation into the conduct of Lord Chief Justice Sir Robert Eyre. These are the only extant records of Oglethorpe's committee activities apart from the printed Journals of the House of Commons.
Arranged in chronological order.
Prison Committee minutes concerning Sir Robert Eyre, MS 2827. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.
Available only on microfilm.