"For the Alleged Seduction of Mary Driscoll, Virginia Hopkins, &c." [Trial]. Huston, Lorenzo Dow [1820-1887], Defendant. The Trial of the Rev. L.D. Huston for the Alleged Seduction of Mary Driscoll, Virginia Hopkins, &c; Giving a Full and Complete Account of All the Testimony Taken Before the Ecclesiastical Court, And Containing all the Evidence that has Been Withheld from the Public, With an Elaborate Article from Dr. Huston's Legal Counsel. The Only Authentic Edition, Containing All the Suppressed Testimony. Baltimore, S.n., 1872. 64 pp. Main text in parallel columns. Laid-in portrait plate, issued with some copies, not present in this copy. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-3/4"). Disbound stab-stitched pamphlet. Light toning, a few chips and minor tears to title page and final leaf, which is detached. Early notes in pencil to foot of p. 64. Ex-library. Small embossed stamps to a few leaves. A scarce title. $350. * Only edition. As Karin Gedge notes, Huston, a Methodist Minister and teacher, was a clever practitioner of a "seduction theology that persuaded girls to reluctantly accept sexual behavior that was clearly contrary to most Christian teaching." Eventually tried, but acquitted, he seduced at least three girls. OCLC locates 11 copies, 5 in law libraries (Harvard, Social Law, UC-Berkeley, University of Missouri, US Supreme Court). Gedge, Without Benefit of Clergy: Women and the Pastoral Relationship in Nineteenth-Century American Culture 55-57. Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School II:1109.
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