[Crime and Punishment]. Caution – Beware of the Tread Mill. Halifax: T. Walker, 1828. First Edition. 4to. Unbound. Broadside. Good. Single sided printed broadside, approximately 225mm x 270mm in size.
Browned and slightly creased, printing flaw affecting imprint, ink inscription to reverse with slight bleed through.
Noting the appointment of Special Constables in Sowerby, needed due to the “idle, riotous, and disorderly conduct of various ill-disposed and mischievous persons … who are in the habit of profaning the sabbath … assembling … for the purpose of drinking, gaming committing depredations, and for divers other illegal and malicious purposes”.
The treadmill was invented in 1818 by Sir William Cubitt, an English engineer and millwright, who invented the treadmill as a “method of employing human labour to grind corn, in the same way as animal power was used at the time. This invention was rapidly adopted in the principal gaols of the United Kingdom, the first being erected in Bury St Edmunds in 1819” (ODNB).