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Decisions of the Superior Courts of New South Wales, 1788-1899

Sutton v. Humphreys [1806] NSWKR 5; [1806] NSWSupC 5

unlawful harbouring/secreting of person - contempt of Court - females and the law

Court of Appeal

Governor King., 14 May and 26 June 1806

Source: Sydney Gazette, 8 June 1806, 1[1]

Whereas notwithstanding a General Order dated the 10th of May, 1806, was made public, forbidding any person secreting or harbouring Harriet Sutton from the authority of her parents, she is still unlawfully detained or harboured: - And a Suit having been instituted in the Court of Civil Jurisdiction, Sutton against Humphrey , for seducing the said Harriet Sutton, &c. from the Verdict of which Court Sutton has appeared to HIS EXCELLENCY the GOVERNOR; And as it is necessary that the said Harriet Sutton should be delivered into my custody Tomorrow, Monday morning at ten o'clock; Any person or persons whatever who receives, secrecy, or harbours her after this Notice will suffer such fine and imprisonment for Contempt of the Orders of this Court as the Law directs, in which the necessary Example to the growing Females of this Territory, and good order require to be duly endorsed.

By Command of His Excellency,

G. Blaxcell, Provost   Marshal

To all whom it may concern.  


[?] 1806


[1] See also Court of Civil Jurisdiction Proceedings, 1788-1814, State Records N.S.W, 2/8148; 12 June 1806, CA, King, Letter Book , 462.

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