The Proxy War

  • Matthew J. Kinservik
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


At 10:00 a.m. on Monday, 6 May 1776, John Sangster walked into the crowded magistrate’s court in Bow Street, Covent Garden, and swore that Samuel Foote had attempted to sodomize him on two separate occasions.1


Arrest Warrant Session House Grand Jury Sexual Attack Divorce Proceeding 
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Chapter 10

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    Martin Battestin, Henry Fielding, A Life (London and New York: Routledge, 1989), 459.Google Scholar
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    Unless otherwise noted, information on the criminal trial process comes from J. M. Beattie, Crime and the Courts in England, 1660–1800 (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1986).Google Scholar
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    Netta Murray Goldsmith, The Worst of Crimes: Homosexuality and the Law in Eighteenth-Century London (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 1998), 44.Google Scholar
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    Randolph Trumbach, “Sodomitical Subcultures: Sodomitical Roles, and the Gender Revolution of the Eighteenth Century; The Recent Historiography,” in R. P. MacCubbin, ed., ’ Tis Nature’s Fault: Unauthorized Sexuality during the Enlightenment (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985), 113.Google Scholar
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    Simon Trefman, Sam. Foote, Comedian (New York: Columbia University Press, 1971), 176–177.Google Scholar
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    Public Advertiser, 27 April 1776, quoted in Claire Gervat, Elizabeth: The Scandalous Life of the Duchess of Kingston (London: Century, 2003), 155.Google Scholar
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    Hannah More, Letters of Hannah More, ed. R. Brimley Johnson (London: John Lane and the Bodley Head Ltd., 1925), 43.Google Scholar
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    For a discussion of popular representations of sodomy in the eighteenth century, see Cameron McFarlane, The Sodomite in Fiction and Satire 1660–1750 (New York: Columbia University Press, 1997).Google Scholar
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    William Jackson, Sodom and Onan, A Satire (London, 1776), 7.Google Scholar

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