Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend  

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The first conviction for "obscenity" can be observed in Great Britain in 1725 when The Whitehall Evening Post, claims that Lord Townshend was responsible for having Edmund Curll arrested in 1725 because he published "obscene Books and Pamphlets, tending to encourage Vice and Immorality". --via The Whore's Story: Women, Pornography, and the British Novel, 1684-1830 by Bradford K. Mudge

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Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend (18 April 1674 - 21 June 1738) was an English Whig statesman. He served for a decade as Secretary of State for the Northern Department, 1714–1717, 1721–1730. He directed British foreign policy in close collaboration with his brother-in-law, prime minister Robert Walpole. He was often known as Turnip Townshend because of his strong interest in farming turnips and his role in the British Agricultural Revolution.




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