The Hugo Grotius display is the first in a series of library displays in which we will be providing little-known information about famous legal figures.
Hugo Grotius (1583-1645) is widely known as “the father of international law,” but he was also imprisoned for his anti-Calvinist writings in 1619. After 20 months of his imprisonment, during which he was allowed shipments of books and linens from home, his wife arranged for his escape by boring holes in the book trunk and hiding him in it. Because the guards were so accustomed to her frequent visits, they stopped inspecting the trunk, and Grotius fairly easily made his escape.
Among the items displayed is the very rare, original 1619 trial court sentencing document, The sentence of eternal imprisonment pronounced against Hugo Grotius in the extraordinary trial for laesa maiestas, Rotterdam, May 18, 1619.
The Library’s Grotius collection is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the country. For more information, see an overview of our Special Collections.
The library display is located on the first floor, near the circulation desk.
We’re pleased to announce that our 2015 Lawlapalooza Kindle winner is Jonathan Bialosky. Scott Pagel, Director and Professor of Law, presented Jonathan with his Kindle. Find out more about Lawlapalooza 2015.
Thanks to all who attended our research fair and made it a great success!
|Date:||Wednesday, February 11, 2015|
|Location:||Stockton Hall Lounges|
As any Downton Abbey fan knows, the popular show includes lots of plot twists and turns based on British law in the early 20th Century. A male only entail that tied up the title and the estate created the first dramatic crisis for the Earl of Grantham, when the Earl and his wife learn that his heir perished along with his son on the ill-fated Titanic. Without a male heir, the estate and the title would be no more as Lord Robert’s daughters were not eligible to inherit. The family turned to Matthew Crawley, a male third cousin once-removed, who fittingly was a solicitor.
Just as this season hits its mid-point on PBS, our first floor Downton Abbey display takes a closer look at some of the legal issues that were central to the last four seasons, including the entail and death taxes. (Unfortunately, Mr. Bates’ legal woes are just too big for our display case! Tune in to find out more about Mr. Bates and his trials and tribulations.) Included in our display is the text from the recent bill before the British Parliament to end male only primogeniture for aristocratic titles, how death taxes would have affected the estate after Matthew’s death, and some fun quotes from our favorite Downton Abbey characters.
Be sure to stop by before this season ends!
On January 8, 1815, Gen. Andrew Jackson led American troops to victory in a British attack on New Orleans. The battle, the last major battle in the War of 1812, was fought after peace was declared with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent between the United States and Great Britain on December 24, 1814. It was ratified by the United States Senate on February 18, 1815. The treaty restored each country to its position prior to the outbreak of war: it restored conquered territory, reestablish boundaries, and returned prisoners. The treaty did not specifically prohibit impressment, but the British Navy’s need for sailors decreased significantly with the defeat of Napoleon in 1814.
The United States declared war on Great Britain in June 1812 over the impressment of unwilling U.S. citizens into the British navy, the economic blockade of France and the neutrality of United States vessels and British support of hostile tribes of Native Americans along the Mississippi.
The Treaty of Ghent was not the first treaty to settle a dispute for the young nation. For example, the Barbary Treaty of Peace and Friendship was signed in 1796 and ratified in 1797 to end state-sponsored piracy by the Bey of Tripoli along the northern coast of Africa.
For more on the War of 1812 and the treaty, see: