A Notable English Insanity Case [Trial]. Hadfield, James [c.1772-1841], Defendant. Attempt on the Life of the King. The Trial of James Hadfield, For High Treason. In the Court of Kings Bench, On Thursday, June 26. Before Lord Kenyon, and a Special Jury. With the Whole of the Evidence, Taken in Short Hand by Able Reporters, And Carefully Arranged by an Eminent Barrister of the Inner Temple. London: Printed for W.I Clement by C. Barber, . 31 pp. Octavo (7-3/4" x 5-1/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into period-style quarter morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and ornaments to spine, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning to text, "6." in early hand to head of title page, small hole near its bottom margin. A scarce trial. $1,250. * Only edition. Hadfield attempted to assassinate King George III in 1800, but was acquitted by reason of insanity thanks to an able defense by Thomas Erskine. This was challenging case. Though mentally ill, Hadfield's careful planning to kill the king suggested otherwise. As a result of Hadfield's acquittal, Parliament passed the Criminal Lunatics Act 1800, which called for the indefinite detention of insane criminals. OCLC locates 11 copies in North America, 3 in law libraries (Ohio State, University of Miami, University of Pennsylvania). English Short-Title Catalogue N31671.
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