The Trial of Governor Eyre for His Brutal Suppression of a Rebellion in Jamaica [Trial]. Eyre, Edward John [1815-1901], Defendant. Finlason, W.F. [1818-1895], Reporter. Report of the Case of the Queen v. Edward John Eyre, On His Prosecution, In the Court of Queen's Bench, For High Crimes and Misdemeanours Alleged to Have Been Committed by Him in His Office as Governor of Jamaica; Containing the Evidence (Taken from the Depositions), The Indictment, And the Charge of Mr. Justice Blackburn. London: Chapman and Hall, Piccadily, And Stevens & Son, Bell Yard, Lincoln's Inn, 1868. xl, 111 pp. Octavo (8-3/4" x 5-1/2"). Original textured cloth, blind frames to boards, gilt title to front board, colored endpapers. Light soiling and few minor stains and dampspots, two tiny worm tracks to front board, light chipping to spine ends, rear joint starting, corners bumped and somewhat worn, hinges cracked, a few cracks to text block,early armorial institutional library bookplate (Bayswater) to front pastedown, later signature (Sybil William) and small library inkstamp to front free endpaper. Light browning to text, light soiling to endleaves, presentation inscription from Finlason to the Archbishop of Westminster to head of title page. $650. * First and only edition. Eyre, famous as an explorer of Australia, was Governor of Jamaica from 1862 to 1865. He was tried in 1868 for his brutal response to the Morant Bay Rebellion of 1865, an uprising of nonwhite Jamaicans in response to several years of political and economic suppression. His handling of the rebellion was deeply controversial in England and it resulted in his 1868 trial. However, many believed he had acted decisively to restore law and order. Queen v. Eyre ended with an acquittal, as did a second civil trial. Our report by Finlason, which includes the evidence taken from court depositions, the indictment and the charge, is scarce. OCLC locates 6 copies in North America, 2 in law libraries (Harvard, University of Windsor). Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School (1909) II:1073.
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