Parson Weems's Account of Two Cases of Adultery and Murder Weems, Mason L[ocke] [1759-1825]. God's Revenge Against Adultery, Awfully Exemplified in the Following Cases of American Crim. Con. I. The Accomplished Dr. Theodore Wilson, (Delaware,) Who for Seducing Mrs. Nancy Wiley, Had His Brains Blown Out by Her Husband. II. The Elegant James O'Neale, Esq. (North Carolina,) Who for Seducing the Beautiful Miss Matilda L'Estrange, Was Killed by Her Brother. Philadelphia: Printed for the Author, 1818. 48 pp. Copperplate engraved frontispiece. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5"). Disbound stab-stitched pamphlet, remnants of binding along spine. Minor wear to extremities, light browning to text, light soling to exterior, frontispiece partially detached but secure, top-edge trimmed close to image, wear to corners with no loss to text. $650. * Third edition. Better known as "Parson" Weems, Mason Locke Weems introduced the legend of George Washington and the cherry tree in the fifth edition of his Life of Washington (1809). Here Weems presents two moral tales on the sin of adultery driven by extremes in religious attitude. Both are based on actual events. Not in McDade. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 13706.
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