A Satirical Poetic Account of a Notable Nineteenth-Century Virginia Murder Trial [Winston, Mrs. Charles P.]. "Cousin Tommie!" (T.J. Cluverius), A Parody By a Richmond Lady, Respectfully Dedicated to the Counsel for the Commonwealth. Richmond, VA: C.F. Johnston, 1885. 8 pp. Octavo (8" x 5"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in pictorial wrappers (with a woodcut portrait of Cluverius). Some edgewear to front wrapper, upper section lacking, along with rear wrapper, vertical crease through center. Moderate toning to text, light edgwear to final leaf. $300. * Only edition. This is a satirical poetic account of the sensation Cluverius Murder trial. Cluverius, reputed to be an upstanding citizen, had a secret romantic relationship with his cousin, Lillian Madison. Discovering she was pregnant, it seems he murdered her and threw her body into a reservoir. He tried and executed, but teh evidence against him was mostly circumstantial. Doubts about his guilt remain. The humor of this poem is rather heavy-handed: "And in the watery grave of ice/ He cased the victim of his vice/ Poor Lillian!" OCLC locates 11 copies, 2 in law libraries (Library of Congress, Yale).
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