Fratricide on the HMS Ruby [Trial]. Goodere, Sir Samuel [1687-1741], Principal Defendant. The Trials of Samuel Goodere Esq; Matthew Mahony, And Charles White, For the Murder of Sir John Dineley Goodere Bart. (Brother to the Said Samuel Goodere,) On Board His Majesty's Ship the Ruby: At the Sessions of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, And General Goal-Delivery, Held in and for the City of Bristol, And County of the Same City, In the Guild-Hall of the Said City; Before the Right Worshipful Henry Combe Esq; Mayor of the Said City, Michael Foster Esq; Serjeant at Law, Recorder; And Others His Majesty's Justices of Goal-Delivery. Begun on Tuesday, the 17th of March, 1740. And Continued by Adjournment to Thursday, The 26th of the Same Month, 1741. Publish'd with the Approbation of Mr. Recorder. London: Printed by A. Millar, Opposite to St. Clement's Church in the Strand [et al.], 1741. [i], 53,  pp. Lacking initial advertisement leaf. Bookseller catalogue to verso of final leaf. Folio (12-1/2" x 8"). Disbound stab-stitched pamphlet. Light soiling to exterior, a bit of glue residue along spine, light toning to interior, light foxing to title page, light foxing and a minor smudges to a few other leaves. $750. * Only edition. The most complete account of this trial. Goodere was the captain of the HMS Ruby, which was moored near Bristol, England. Learning his brother, Sir John Goodere, was in that town, Captain Goodere sent crew members to abduct him and bring him on board. Goodere confined him in a cabin and oversaw his murder, which he claimed was a suicide. Shortly afterwards, one of Sir John's friends in Bristol noticed that he had disappeared and asked the town's mayor to investigate the matter. This investigation resulted in the arrest, trial and execution of Captain Goodere and his accomplices. OCLC locates 6 copies in North American law libraries (Harvard, Library of Congress, Northwestern, Social Law, University of Memphis, Yale). English Short-Title Catalogue T51718.
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