The Journal of British Studies

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Robert B. Shoemaker is professor of eighteenth-century British history at the University of Sheffield and is codirector of the Old Bailey Proceedings Online project. He would like to thank the Arts and Humanities Research Council (United Kingdom) for funding the research that contributed to this article, Tim Hitchcock for encouraging him to write it, and seminar audiences in Leeds and Sheffield and the anonymous reviewers for this journal for their comments on earlier versions.