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'Bold as Brass'
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2008, 12:11:05 »
Brass Crosby was born in Stockton-on Tees in 1725. He qualified in law and came to London to practise his chosen profession. In 1758 he was elected to the City Council and appointed Sheriff in 1764. In 1765 Crosby was appointed an Alderman and in 1768 he became Parliamentary member for Honiton. In 1770 he was elected Lord Mayor of London.

The phrase "As bold as Brass" is said to have come about because Brass Crosby as Lord Mayor of London successfully stood up to the Parliament of the time for the freedom of the Press to report their proceedings. He spent six weeks imprisoned in the Tower of London for his defiance. On his release he was acclaimed by the public who had vigerously campaigned for his freedom. The proceedings of Parliament have been reported verbatim since that day. He was also instrumental in stopping the practice of press ganging crews for the navy in the City of London.

Brass Crosby is buried at Chelsfield Church where this monument can be found on the nave wall.


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