"The Murder of Mrs. Sarah Stout, A Quaker" [Trial]. Cowper, Spencer [1669-1728], Principal Defendant. The Tryal of Spencer Cowper, Esq; John Marson, Ellis Stevens, And William Rogers, Gent. Upon an Indictment for the Murther of Mrs. Sarah Stout, a Quaker. Before Mr. Baron Hatsell, At Hertford Assizes, July 18, 1699. Of Which They were Acquitted. With the Opinions of the Eminent Physicians and Chyrurgeons on Both Sides, Concerning Drowned Bodies, Delivered in the Tryal. And the Several Letters Produced in Court. London: Printed for Isaac Cleave in Chancery-Lane, Matt. Wotton in Fleet-street, and John Bullord, 1699. [ii], 22 [i.e.46] pp. Folio (11-1/2" x 7"). [Bound with] P.D. The Hertford Letter: Containing Several Brief Observations on a Late Printed Tryal, Concerning the Murder of Mrs. Sarah Stout. London: Printed and Sold by the Booksellers of London, and Westminster, 1699. 16 pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5"). [And] A Reply to the Hertford Letter: Wherein the Case of Mrs. Stout's Death is More Particularly Considered; And Mr. Cowper Vindicated from the Slanderous Accusation of Being Accessory to the Same. London: Printed; And Sold by the Booksellers of London, and Westminster, 1699. 8 pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5"). Three titles in an 11-1/2" x 7-1/2" binding. Three-quarter cloth over paper-covered boards, gilt title to spine. Light soiling, dampspotting and offsetting to boards, some rubbing to extremities, early owner bookplate top front pastedown. Light browning and foxing to interior, internally clean. $3,000. * Only editions. Spencer Cowper, a judge, was indicted for the murder of Sarah Stout. He was at her house late on the evening before she was found drowned in a river. Cowper's alleged motivations were a desire to end an illicit love affair and avoid payment of a debt. Cowper's lawyers argued that Stout's parents wanted to hide the fact that their daughter committed a suicide, a heinous act among Quakers. The defence also suggested a political motivation: a desire by local Tories to harm the career of a rising Whig. Cowper had been at the woman's house late on the evening before she was found drowned in the river, but there was little material evidence against him. Also, his lawyers benefited from expert medical testimony from three leading physicians, Samuel Garth, Hans Sloane and William Cowper." He.
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