Designed to Display the Corruption of the Irish Nobility [Trial]. Taylour, Thomas, Marquess of Headfort [1757-1829], Defendant. A Report of the Trial on an Action for Damages Brought by the Reverend Charles Massy Against the Most Noble the Marquis of Headfort, For Criminal Conversation With Plaintiff's Wife: Damages Laid at ?40,000. Philadelphia: Printed and Sold by P. Byrne, And for B. Dornin, New-York, 1804. vii, 95 pp. Octavo (8" x 5-1/4"). Disbound stab-stitched pamphlet. Light soiling to exterior, a few minor tears and chips to edges of a few leaves, stitching loose, first signature detached. Light browning to text, faint dampstaining to foot of text block, light foxing to a few leaves. $950. * Only American edition. At head of title: Ten Thousand Pounds Damages, Summer Assizes, Trial at Ennis, County of Clare, on 27th July, 1804, Before the Hon. Baron Smith, And a Special Jury. The Marquis of Headfort, a member of the Irish House of Commons, eloped with the wife of a clergyman, who was awarded ?10,000 damages. The Patrick Byrne and Bernard Dornin were Irish political radicals living in exile. Published shortly after its printing in Ireland, this American imprint, which was issued in New York and Philadelphia, was probably issued to display the corruption of the Irish nobility. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 12010.
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