Poisoned by His Doctor [Trial]. Coolidge, Valorous P. [c.1823-1849], Defendant. Trial of Dr. Valorous P. Coolidge, For the Murder of Edward Mathews, At Waterville, Maine (As Reported For and Published in the Boston Daily Times). [N.p.: S.n., 1848]. 40 pp. Text in parallel columns. Octavo (9-1/2" x 6"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in self-wrappers, untrimmed edges. Light browning to exterior, light to moderate toning to interior, faint vertical fold through center, light foxing and minor stains to leaves at rear of text. An attractive copy of a scarce title. $650. * Only edition. Coolidge murdered Mathews with a shot of poison-laced brandy because Mathews refused to loan him money. When the body was found Coolidge was summoned by the coroner's jury to perform an autopsy on his own victim. After an inept series of attempts to hide his crime, Coolidge was convicted and sentenced to hang. He cheated the gallows, however, by committing suicide. OCLC locates 2 copies, none in law libraries. We located a copy, however, at Yale Law School. McDade, The Annals of Murder 211.
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