A Hand in the Scuttle? [Trial]. Stocks, Michael [d. 1836], Defendant. Report of the Trial of Michael Stocks, Esq. For Wilful and Corrupt Perjury, At the Yorkshire Lent Assizes, 1815, Before the Honourable Sir Alexander Thompson, Knight, Chief Baron of his Majesty's Court of Exchequer, And a special jury. Huddersfield [England]: Printed for the Editor, By J. Lancashire, 1815. [iv], 109,  pp. Octavo (8" x 5"). Recent period-style quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt title to spine. Moderate toning to text, newspaper article, "Last Moments of Jonathan Martin," pasted over errata list, the verso of p. 109, small newspaper clipping pasted to foot of title page. Early owner annotations to title page and following leaf, light soiling and minor edgewear to final two leaves, interior otherwise clean. $500. * Only edition, one of two issues, both from 1815. Stocks was accused of stealing and selling 10,000 tons of coal from mines in Northowram, in the West-Riding of Yorkshire, he owned in partnership with two other men. Stocks was not convicted. The trial details the contractual history of the partnership, such contentious matters as the exact legal boundaries of neighboring mines and coal-pits and the nature of written and verbal agreements. Including both edition, OCLC locates 9 copies in North America, 5 in law libraries (Harvard, Library of Congress, Ohio State, University of Georgia, Yale). Not in the British Museum Catalogue.
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