"O What a Horrid Tale to Sound" [Broadside]. [Murder]. [White, Joseph (1747 or 1748-1830)]. Murder of Joseph White: The Following Lines were Written on the Death of Mr. Joseph White of Salem, Who was Found Murdered in His Bed on the Morning of the 7th April 1830, Aged 82 Years. Boston: [L. Deming], 1830. 9" x 5-3/2" broadside, untrimmed edges. Woodcut image of coffin below headline, ten-stanza verse text in two columns. Light browning, light soiling and a few minor stains, three horizontal fold lines, early owner signature and early owner stamp to verso. $1,500. * A verse account of the murder of Joseph White, one of the most famous American crimes of the 1830s. White, a wealthy sea captain in his 80s who lived in Salem, was murdered by Joseph Knapp with the assistance of Richard and George Crowninshield. Daniel Webster helped the prosecution by presenting the closing argument. Initially, the jury could not decide whether the defendants had bludgeoned White to death. A second trial convicted Knapp and Richard Crowninshield, who were sentenced to death. OCLC locates 7 copies, 2 in law libraries (Harvard, Yale). Burt, American Murder Ballads 87.
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