A Case of Arson in Gloucester, Massachusetts [Trial]. Looker-on in Vienna. Trial of Marshall and Ross for Barn-Burning: A Brief Exposure of a Systematic Attempt to Mislead the Public Mind, And Create a False Sympathy in Behalf of Convicted Incendiaries. [Gloucester, MA: S.n.], 1859. 20 pp. Octavo (8-3/4" x 5-1/2"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in printed wrappers. Light soiling and negligible edgewear, rear wrapper lacking, light toning to text. $650. * Only edition. Marshall and Ross (we are never given their first names) were a tenant and hired hand of a Mr. Niles, a farmer. They were convicted of arson after Niles's barns were destroyed by fire. This verdict seemed unfair and the defense attorney petitioned successfully for an appeal. Published in the weeks leading up to the second trial, this pamphlet offers an argument for their conviction. An interesting case, it is also a fine record of the social setting of criminal law in small-town New England in the mid-nineteenth century. OCLC locates 5 copies in North America law libraries (Columbia, Harvard, Library of Congress, Social Law, University of Missouri). Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School (1909) II:1140.
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