An Interesting Murder and Piracy Trial, Joseph Story Presided: McDade 1103 [Trial]. Williams, John, Primary Defendant. The Trial of John Williams, Francis Frederick, John P. Rog, Nils Peterson and Nathaniel White, On an Indictment for Murder on the High Seas: Before the Circuit Court of the United States, Holden for the District of Massachusetts, At Boston, On the 29th of December, 1818. Boston: Printed by Russell and Gardner, 1819. 92 pp. Octavo (9-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in plain wrappers, untrimmed edges. Moderate edgewear, a few small tears and chips to wrappers, spine abraded, wrappers partially detached but secure, faint inscription in pencil to head of front wrapper. Moderate toning and light foxing to text, faint dampstaining to a few leaves, soiling to p.92 and title page, which has a chip to its lower inside corner. $1,500. * Only edition. Tried before Joseph Story in his capacity as the Judge of the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Massachusetts, this trial involved murders committed on the merchant schooner Plattsburgh bound from Baltimore to Smyrna. Led by Williams, the accused murdered the captain and took the ship to Norway. All the defendants except White were found guilty of murder and piracy and hanged. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 13248. McDade, The Annals of Murder 1103.
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