Warrant for convict William Jackson

This warrant hails from the 18th century, during which King George the Second (1683-1760) was King of Great Britain (his name is printed upon the warrant). During the 18th and early 19th centuries it was possible to be convicted and sent to prison for debt. Debtors prisons existed in Britain until an 1869 act abolished imprisonment for debt. There were also debtors prisons in the United States, most notably in the Virginia colony as there were many in the area in the late 18th century. While not certain, this warrant may in fact hail from Virginia, as it is addressed to the sheriff of Prince George County, which is the name of a county in Virginia. The U.S. abolished debtors prisons in 1833, while the British did so in 1869.

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