A Rare Account of a Forgery and Swindling Case Tried Before James Kent [Trial]. Edwards, Monroe [1808-1847], Defendant. The Celebrated and Extraordinary Trial of Col. Monroe Edwards, For Forgery and Swindling: In the Court of Oyer and Terminer, New York, Before Judge Kent, On the 6th Day of June, 1842, On a Charge of Forging Bills of Exchange, Consignment of Cotton, Letters of Credit, Etc., Etc., On Maunsell, White & Co., New Orleans, Brown, Brothers & Co., Of New York and Liverpool; And Edward Corrie, Of New York, By Which he Obtained $50,000. Containing the Whole of the Evidence, Speeches of Counsel, Curious Letters of the Prisoner, And the Able Charge of Judge Kent, Reported in Full. Being the Only Full and Correct Report of the Trial of the Prisoner. New York: Printed at the Herald Office, 1842. 15 pp. Four-column text. Woodcut portrait frontispiece. Folio (16" x 12"). Stab-stitched folio in self-wrappers, untrimmed edges. Moderate toning, soiling and a few minor stains, vertical and horizontal fold lines, a few short tears and small chips, recent paper repair to place of publication at foot of first leaf. $1,500. * Only edition. Edwards began a long career in crime as a slave trader and forger in the Republic of Texas. His activities as a con man, swindler, smuggler, slaver and forger touched on five countries-the Republic of Texas, the United States, Great Britain, Mexico and Cuba. Convicted in Texas in 1840 for defrauding a partner in a slave trade, he fled to the United States, where he committed bank fraud in New York and Philadelphia. Tried and convicted for this crime in the Court of Oyer and Terminer, he was sentenced to ten years in Sing Sing. Edwards died while trying to escape from prison. This is a rare item. OCLC locates four copies (American Antiquarian Society, Fordham University, University of Oklahoma, Yale). Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 12248.
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