Compiled by an Eminent New York City Lawyer [Scrapbook]. [Townsend, John D. (1835-1896)]. [Law Points as Brought Forth in Different Cases]. New York, NY, April 12, 1869-November 15, 1893. Two books. 178;  pp. Folio (14" x 9-1/2"). Three-quarter sheep over marbled boards, ruled sheet with manuscript note reading "vol. 7" to front board of one book, small label with manuscript note listing cases and "vol. 8" to other book. Light rubbing to boards, heavier rubbing to extremities with wear to corners, spines perished, boards secure. Newspaper clippings, some with annotations, affixed to rectos and versos of each leaf, a few tipped-in items, a few other clippings and notes affixed to pastedowns, library markings to front free endpapers. Light toning to newspaper clippings, moderate toning to leaves. $1,500. * Townsend was a distinguished New York City lawyer and politician from one of the city's oldest and most socially prominent families. Although he was a Democrat who once served as William "Boss" Tweed's defence attorney, he was a reformer who played an important part in efforts to reduce corruption in New York City government. His articles against corruption were collected and posthumously published in a book entitled New York in Bondage (1901). Our scrapbooks, apparently two from a series of compiled by Townsend, contains newspaper accounts chronicling his court cases or other cases that interested him. Most of Vol. 8 is devoted to the 1879 murder of socialite Jane Lawrence DeForest Hull, who was accidentally suffocated while being robbed by her former lover, an African-American man named Chastine Cox, who entered her bedroom, tied her to her bed, gagged her mouth with a sheet and stole pieces from her jewelry case. It was the sensational New York City Case of the day. Along with the clippings, which document Townsend's role, there is a letter from Hull's husband and a group of friends and relatives asking Townsend to investigate Hull's murder from Hull's husband and ten other relatives and friends.
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