Murder? Or Self-Defense? [Trial]. Alden, Martha, Defendant. Hanton, John, Reporter. The Trial at Large of Martha Alden, For the Wilful Murder of Her Husband, Samuel Alden, At His Cottage, In Attleburgh, Norfolk, On the 18th July, 1807, Before Sir Nash Grose, Knt. Taken in Short Hand. Norwich: Printed and Sold by J.W.H Payne, 1807. 16 pp. Octavo (8" x 5"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into period-style quarter morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and ornaments to spine, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning, light foxing to a few leaves, "4" in early hand to head of title page. $750. * Only edition. Martha Alden was engaged in a drunken argument with her husband. He threatened to beat her. He then lost his balance, fell onto a bed and fell asleep. At that point Martha bludgeoned him to death with a billhook. The court was startled by her lack of remorse and failed to believe that she was acting in self-defense. Avoiding any consideration of alcohol's role in the impairment of her judgement, she was convicted and hanged. OCLC locates 4 copies, 1 in North America (Harvard Law School). Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School (1909) II:1000.
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