One of the Most Sensational Scottish Trials of the Eighteenth Century [Trial]. [Douglas Cause]. Anderson, William, Reporter. The Speeches and Judgement of the Right Honourable the Lords of Council and Session in Scotland, Upon the Important Cause, His Grace George-James Duke of Hamilton and Others, Pursuers; Against Archibald Douglas, Esq; Defender. Accurately Taken Down and Published by William Anderson Writer in Edinburgh. Edinburgh: Printed by Balfour, Auld, And Smellie, 1768. vi, , 620 pp. [Bound after] [Murray, Alexander, Reporter]. The Cases Given in to the Court of Session, Previous to the Pleadings in the Important Cause of Suppositio Partus, George-James Duke of Hamilton, And Others, Pursuers; Against Archibald Douglas, Esq; Defender. Edinburgh: Printed by Balfour, Auld, and Smellie, 1768. 1-8, 17-61,  pp. Lacking Signature B (pp. 9-17). Octavo (8-1/4" x 5"). Contemporary calf, rebacked in period style with gilt-edged raised bands and existing lettering piece, gilt tooling to board edges, endpapers renewed. Negligible light rubbing and a few minor scuffs to boards, corners bumped and somewhat worn, retained early owner armorial bookplate to front pastedown. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, light soiling to title page of Cases Given into the Court of Session. $175. * Only editions. The "Douglas Cause," which involved claims on the estate of Duke Douglas was one of the most sensational Scottish trials of the eighteenth century. It also involved one of the greatest jurists of the eighteenth century, Lord Mansfield, who presided over the case. Stuart, a lawyer who had been tutor to the Duke's children, represented Hamilton against Douglas and distinguished himself highly but the case was decided in Douglas favor - the result, according to Stuart, of Lord Mansfield's gross impartiality during trial. This was a rancorous case, and it attracted a great deal of public attention, most of it sympathetic to Douglas. English Short-Title Catalogue 131822, T20317.
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