Detailed Trial of a Leader of an 1816 Plot to Overthrow of British Government [Trial]. Watson, James [1766?-1838], Defendant. Gurney, William Brodie [1777-1855], Reporter. The Trial of James Watson, For High Treason, At the Bar of the Court of King's Bench, On Monday the 9th, Tuesday the 10th, Wednesday the 11th, Thursday the 12th, Friday the 13th, Saturday the 14th, and Monday the 16th of June, 1817. With the Antecedent Proceedings. London: Sold by Butterworth and Son, 1817. Two volumes. 586; 578 pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-3/4"). Later library cloth, red and black calf lettering pieces to spines. Light soiling and a few minor stains, light fading to spines and edges of boards, some chipping to lettering pieces. Moderate toning light foxing in places, front hinge of Volume II cracked, several signatures in that volume loose, faint library stamps to title pages, brief library annotations to versos. $450. * Only edition. Watson was tried for his role in the Spa Fields riot. This riot followed a pair of meetings held by revolutionaries at Spa Fields, Islington, England on November 15 and December 2, 1816. Opponents of the government, they resolved to encourage rioting and then seize control of the government by capturing the Tower of London and the Bank of England. Watson, Arthur Thistlewood and three other leaders were arrested and charged with high treason as a result. Watson was acquitted and the other three were released without trial. Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School II:1220.
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