The Model for Mr. Jaggers in Dickens's Great Expectations [Trial]. Harmer, James [1777-1853]. [Holloway, John (d. 1807), Defendant]. [Haggerty, Owen (d. 1807), Defendant]. Murder of Mr. Steele: Documents and Observations Tending to Shew a Probability of the Innocence of John Holloway and Owen Haggerty, Who Were Executed on Monday the 23d of February, 1807, As the Murderers of the Above Gentleman. London: Printed for the Author, 1807. [iv], 89,  pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into later marbled stiff wrappers. Moderate toning, early annotations and marks to margins of several leaves, moderate soiling and early owner initials and "1807" in tiny hand to title page. $450. * Only edition. Dickens's model for Mr. Jaggers in Great Expectations, Harmer was a lawyer who practiced in the criminal courts. His daily experience led him to expose miscarriages of justice in order to promote reforms in criminal procedure. One such instance was the trial of Holloway and Haggerty, who were convicted through flimsy evidence and the testimony of a witness with questionable motives. It was a controversial trial, so the execution attracted an unusually large crowd of about 40,000 people. About 40 people were trampled to death as the crowd attempted to push closer to the scaffold. OCLC locates 3 copies in law libraries (Harvard University, Stanford University, University of Minnesota). Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School (1909) II:1104.
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