"On Wicked Ways Her Heart Was Bent" [Broadside]. [Murder]. [Great Britain]. A Wonderful Judgment on a Cruel Daughter, Who Was Struck Apparently Dead, While in the Act of Murdering Her Tender Mother, Aged 73 years, &c. London: Evans, Printer, Long-Lane, May, 1821. 12-1/2" x 8" broadside, text, printed within ornamental typographical border below headline, first section of text, in verse, printed in two columns. Moderate toning and faint spotting, margins trimmed, carefully repaired tear to right-hand margin. $950. * The verses, in 48 lines, describe the background of this event: A wealthy widow, Mrs. White, lived with her daughter, Mary. "Her mother nurs'd her tender, as part of her blood, In best of clothing and with richest food; She laugh'd and scoff'd her mother without relief, While on wicked ways her heart was bent." Learning that her mother planned to leave her estate to charity, Mary decided to murder her. At the moment she attempted to take her life, Mary fell into a coma and was filled with "divine revelation": "After twenty-four long hours she lay amain, Her spirit return'd to her body again; After viewing death, Heaven, and Hell, for unbelievers woe, What she had seen and gave them thus to know." This is a rare and unrecorded broadside. No copies located on OCLC or COPAC.
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