Thomas Curson Hansard

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Thomas Curson Hansard (6 November 1776 – 5 May 1833) was an English pressman, son of the printer Luke Hansard. Thomas Curson Hansard_sentence_0

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In 1803, he established a press of his own in Paternoster Row. Thomas Curson Hansard_sentence_1

In the same year, William Cobbett, a newspaperman, began to print the Parliamentary Debates. Thomas Curson Hansard_sentence_2

At first, these were not independent reports, but were taken from newspapers' accounts of parliamentary debate. Thomas Curson Hansard_sentence_3

In 1809, Hansard started to print Cobbett's reports. Thomas Curson Hansard_sentence_4

Together, they also published a pamphlet describing an incident in which German mercenaries had flogged British soldiers for mutiny; as a result Hansard was imprisoned on 9 July 1810 in King's Bench Prison for libel. Thomas Curson Hansard_sentence_5

In 1812, facing bankruptcy, Cobbett sold the publication to Hansard, who continued to publish it for the rest of his life. Thomas Curson Hansard_sentence_6

In 1829, he added his own name to the parliamentary proceedings, giving it the title Hansard that it bears to this day. Thomas Curson Hansard_sentence_7

TC Hansard was the author of Typographia, an Historical Sketch of the Origin and Progress of the Art of Printing (1825). Thomas Curson Hansard_sentence_8

Hansard is buried in Kingston Cemetery. Thomas Curson Hansard_sentence_9

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The original business remained in the hands of his younger brothers, James and Luke Graves Hansard (1777–1851). Thomas Curson Hansard_sentence_10

The firm was prosecuted in 1837 by John Joseph Stockdale for printing by order of the House of Commons, in an official report of the inspector of prisons, statements regarded by the plaintiff as libellous. Thomas Curson Hansard_sentence_11

Hansard's sheltered itself on the ground of parliamentary privilege, but it was not until after much litigation that the security of the printers of government reports was guaranteed by statute in 1840. Thomas Curson Hansard_sentence_12

After 1889 the debates were published by the Hansard Publishing Union Limited. Thomas Curson Hansard_sentence_13

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