Lord John Russell, as an auctioneer with Sir Robert Peel as his clerk, auction a bundle of papers inscribed "law of …

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Lord John Russell, as an auctioneer with Sir Robert Peel as his clerk, auction a bundle of papers inscribed "law of libel", "trial by jury" and "bill of rights"; Daniel O'Connell, a prospective bidder, examines a paper marked "Magna Charta". Coloured lithograph by HB (John Doyle), 1840. There were proceedings in the House of Commons about the privilege of printing and selling parliamentary papers and the rights of certain parties to sue for libel. For example a bookseller named Stockdayle brought an action against Hansard. Also sketched are Sir John Campbell, the Attorney-General, TS Duncombe and Wakley. Created 6 February 1840. Contributors: John Doyle (1797–1868). Work ID: aghhrf3p.

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