"A Rascal and a Drunkard": McDade 653 [Murder]. [McFarland, Daniel]. [Richardson, Albert D.]. The Richardson-McFarland Tragedy. Containing All the Letters and Other Interesting Facts and Documents Not Before Published, Being a Full and Impartial History of this Most Extraordinary Case. Philadelphia: Barclay & Co., 1870. 111 pp. Text in parallel columns. 7 full-page woodcuts. 16" x 11-1/2" folding woodcut frontispiece. Complete. Octavo (9-1/4" x 5-3/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in pictorial wrappers. Light soiling, moderate edgewear and a few chips to wrappers, tiny label and small tear to front wrapper, which is mended on verso with archival tape, some wear to spine ends, clean tear to folding frontispiece just touching image. Light toning to interior, finger smudges to a few leaves. $1,250. * Only edition. "McFarland was a rascal and a drunkard whose wide Abby finally divorced him, planning to marry Richardson, a popular author and New York Tribune editor. Richardson was shot by McFarland in the office of the Tribune, and on his deathbed was married to Abby McFarland by no less a person than Henry Ward Beecher. A deliberate campaign to vilify Richardson and whitewash McFarland had the effect of acquitting the latter, proving again you can get away with murder if you claim to be defending the American home. The case was a cause celebre in 1869 and 1870" (McDade, annotation to 652).McDade, The Annals of Murder 653.
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