Manslaughter on the Parade Ground [Trial]. Gordon, William, Defendant. The Trial of Major William Gordon, Of the 2d, Or Queen's Regiment of Dragoon Guards, On a Charge of the Murder of George Gregory, A Private in the Same Regiment at the Guildhall, Sandwich, On Friday, April 15, 1814. As Taken by a Short Hand Writer. Canterbury: Printed by Rouse, Kirkby and Lawrence, . [iv], 145 pp. Octavo (8-5/8" x 5-1/4"). Later library cloth, red and black calf lettering pieces and fragment of paper shelf label to spine. Light soiling, light staining to spine and front joint, which is starting at head, front joint cracked, title page partially detached. Moderate toning, faint dampstaining to corners of a few leaves, moderate soiling, library stamp and a few minor stains to title page, a few library annotations to verso. $500. * Only edition. Gordon fatally impaled Private Gregory on his sword during a review on a parade ground. At first, it appeared that Gordon used excessive force when the private fell out of ranks. The trial showed that Gregory, his reflexes impaired by alcohol, lost his footing and fell into the major's sword. OCLC locates 6 copies in North American libraries (Columbia, Harvard, LA County, Library of Congress, Social Law, University of Georgia). Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School (1909) II:1086.
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