Expert Testimony in a Notable Nineteenth-Century Will Case Involving Codicils and Questions of Sanity [Trial]. [Parish Will Case]. Porter, John K [1819-1892]. Parish Will Case. Argument of John K. Porter, In Behalf of the Respondents in the Court of Appeals of the State of New York, January 10, 1862. Albany: Comstock & Cassidy, 1862. 98 pp. Octavo (8-3/4" x 5-1/2"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in printed wrappers, front wrapper detached. Light soiling and moderately edgewear to wrappers, moderate wear to spine ends, moderate toning to text, corners of some leaves dog-eared. $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. Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School (1909) II:1159.
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