A Notable Nineteenth-Century Will Case Involving Codicils and Questions of Sanity [Trial]. [Parish Will Case]. Bell, Luther V. [1806-1862]. Medical Opinion in the Parish Will Case. New York: John F. Trow, 1857. 69 pp. Octavo (9-1/4" x 6"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in printed wrappers. Light soiling to exterior, wear to spine ends and corners, some chipping and edgewear to wrappers, which are partially detached at ends, dampstaining to wrappers and text block, moderate toning, lower corners lacking from first three leaves with no loss to text, corners of some other leaves chipped or dog-eared, early owner signature ("Wm Bouvier" of "Bonner") to front wrapper and half-title. $750. * Only edition. Henry Parish, a New York merchant, died in 1856, at age 69. He left a will made in 1842 that had been amended with three codicils signed by him some time after suffering a paralyzing stroke in 1849. These codicils were contested on the grounds of mental impairment. This trial attracted a good deal of attention and it involved testimony by several leading medical and legal experts. At time of this pamphlet's publication Bell was president of the Massachusetts Medical Society and a former superintendent of the McLean Asylum for the Insane near Boston. Not in Cohen, which lists a composite volume by Trow containing this title. See Bibliography of Early American Law 11386.
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