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THE GIPSIES' ADVOCATE
By James Crabb (A5, 98 pages)

Reprint of the Third Edition, originally published in 1832.

The Reverend James Crabb of Southampton tried to encourage others to join him in his attempts to improve the lives of Gypsies in Britain. Although not named, other than William Stanley the evangelist, there are clues to the identity of some of those for whom he provided shelter, education and employment.

If you would like to know what life was like for your Traveller ancestors in the early 1800s, then this is the book to read, particularly if you harbour romantic notions of the 'carefree' Romany of bygone days. Life could be harsh - Crabb was motivated after witnessing a Gypsy being condemned to death while his non-Gypsy accomplice was spared the gallows.

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