John Hostettler (1925-2018)

It is with great sadness that we report the death in October of John Hostettler, at the age of 93. 

Credited with unearthing William Garrow’s contributions to the history of adversary trial, he wrote three books featuring Garrow and was a founder member and frequent contributor to The Garrow Society.

There is a full obituary on publisher Waterside Press’ website: watersidepress.co.uk/acatalog/John-Hostettler-obituary.html 

Our condolences to John’s widow Joy, family and friends.

The Mention of Garrow by the Wife of R L Stevenson in the Preface to Kidnapped

‘While my husband and Mr. Henley were engaged in writing plays in Bournemouth they made a number of titles, hoping to use them in the future. Dramatic composition was not what my husband preferred, but the torrent of Mr. Henley’s enthusiasm swept him off his feet. However, after several plays had been finished, and his health seriously impaired by his endeavours to keep up with Mr. Henley, play writing was abandoned forever, and my husband returned to his legitimate vocation. Having added one of the titles, The Hanging Judge, to the list of projected plays, now thrown aside, and emboldened by my husband’s offer to give me any help needed, I concluded to try and write it myself.

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Garrow’s Law and the Real Story of Women’s Rights

Episode one of the new series of ‘Garrow’s Law’ – shown last Sunday the 13th November 2011 on BBC1 – set the basis of the next episode. Lady Sarah, Garrow’s lover, sets out to obtain custody of her infant son. Despite being warned by Garrow and Southouse that as a married woman she has no rights at law, she issues an application for his custody.

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Third Series of Garrow’s Law Rumoured..

It looks like there will be another series of Garrow’s Law, but once again it will be just four episodes long!

Although there doesn’t appear to be any official confirmation this is still good news for fans of the drama. One would imagine that more of Garrow’s unusual personal life and trailblazing public performances will make for another thoroughly enjoyable series.

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