What does the author of “The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling” have to do with the establishment of the London Police, or what is a “Bow Street Runner”?

henry-fieldingMany will remember that the hero of Henry Fielding's novel had a lively career that often ran afoul of the law. When the novel was published in 1749, Fielding was a magistrate in the Bow Street magistrates' office in London, also the site of the Bow Street Court. At the time, pursuit of criminals was [more…]

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