"This Singular and Lamentable Amour" [Trial]. Wilmot, Fanny, Defendant. The Trial of Fanny Wilmot, Wife of John Wilmot, Esq. M.P. for Adultery with a Footman. Containing the Whole of the Curious Depositions of the Servants, And Others, Who Described this Singular and Lamentable Amour from its Rise and Progress in the Drawing-Room, To its Very Extraordinary and Affecting disclosure at Washborn's Lodgings. With the Result of the Sentence of the Ecclesiastical Court. London: Printed for J. Dawson, 1792. -65 [i.e.69] pp. Lacking half-title and final leaf, a printer advertisement. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into recent period-style three-quarter calf over marbled boards, lettering piece, and gilt ornaments to spine, which has light fading. Light toning to interior, faint dampspotting to a few leaves, faint stain to title page. $1,500. * Only edition. Intended to titillate, this is a set of depositions, many from servants, detailing the Fanny Wilmot's affair with her footman, Edward Washborn. This affair attracted notice because the cuckolded husband was John Eardley Wilmot [1748-1815] was a well-known lawyer, author and politician from a distinguished family who sat in the House of Commons from 1776 to 1796. A divorce was granted. OCLC locates 5 copies, 3 in North America, 1 in a law library (Harvard). English Short-Title Catalogue T2972.
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