One of the Last People Executed for Forgery in Great Britain [Trial] Fauntleroy, Henry [1785-1824], Defendant. Egan, Pierce [1772-1849], Reporter. Pierce Egan's Account of the Trial of Mr.Fauntleroy, For Forgery, At the Session's-House, In the Old Bailey, On Saturday, The 30th of October, 1824, Before Mr.Justice Park and Mr.Baron Garrow. London: Knight and Lacey, Publishers, . 67 pp. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5-1/4"). Disbound stab-stitched pamphlet. Light soiling and edgewear, moderate toning to text, minor chips and tears to a few leaves, early owner signature and "5" to head of title page. $750. * Only edition. Fauntleroy was an English banker convicted of forgery. He admitted his guilt, but pleaded that he forged documents in order to access funds to pay his firm's debts. Several bankers and merchants stepped forward to defend his integrity during the trial, but he was sentenced to death. He appealed his case twice without success. Appeals for clemency followed, but they were not successful. He was hanged in November 1824, one of the last people executed for forgery before it ceased to be a capital crime in 1836. British Museum Catalogue (Compact Edition) 9:70.
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