Book #72802
Item #72802 The Full Report of the Newman Hall Divorce Case, Police News Edition. Trial, Hall v. Hall.

The Full Report of the Newman Hall Divorce Case, Police News Edition.

A Raucous Divorce Case [Trial]. Hall v. Hall. The Full Report of the Newman Hall Divorce Case [Drop-Head Title]. At head of drop-head title: Police News Edition. London: G. Purkess, [c.1880]. 16 pp. Title page has large woodcut portraits of the Halls. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5-1/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet, thread lacking. Moderate toning, light edgewear and chipping to spine, light foxing to final few leaves, title page affected by trimming to top and fore-edges without loss to legibility. Rare. $850. * Only edition. In 1880, Christopher Newman Hall, a minister who had gained fame in Britain and the United States with his tract Come to Jesus (1848), accused his wife Charlotte of adultery with a friend of the couple. She denied the accusations and accused him of infidelity in turn. The couple was not particularly compatible; Charlotte was a free spirit who loved to hunt and smoke, habits her husband despised on moral grounds. Newman Hall's high profile and the humor of much of the testimony made the trial a raucous affair, with frequent bursts of laughter from witnesses to the despair of the judge. Newman Hall ultimately succeeded in obtaining a decree nisi and remarried later that year. This is a rare title. No physical copies listed on OCLC or Library Hub. We located a copy at Indiana University.

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