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The Trial of Richard Patch, For the Wilful Murder of Mr. Isaac Blight. Trial, Great Britain, Richard Patch, Defendant.
The Trial of Richard Patch, For the Wilful Murder of Mr. Isaac Blight.
The Trial of Richard Patch, For the Wilful Murder of Mr. Isaac Blight.
The Trial of Richard Patch, For the Wilful Murder of Mr. Isaac Blight.

The Trial of Richard Patch, For the Wilful Murder of Mr. Isaac Blight.

An Ungrateful Murderer [Trial]. [Great Britain]. Patch, Richard, Defendant [c.1770-1806]. The Trial of Richard Patch, For the Wilful Murder of Mr. Isaac Blight, September 23, 1805, At Rotherhithe, In the County of Surry; Before the Right Hon. Sir A. Macdonald, Knt. Lord Chief Baron of His Majesty's Court of Exchequer; At the Sessions House, Newington; On Saturday, April 5, 1806. London: Printed, By the Express Appointment of the Sheriff, For Edward Jeffery, 1806. xvi, 194 pp. With 5 plates, including 3 portraits, a facsimile of a letter, and a folding illustration. Octavo (8-1/4" x 4-3/4"). Marbled wrappers. Light edgewear with slight chipping to top-edge and small tear to fore-edge of rear wrapper. Light toning to interior, light foxing in a few places. Ownership signature to head of title page dated May 10, 1831 with notes in ink in the same hand to front free endpaper. $250. * Second edition. Patch, the eldest son of a smuggler, had been forced to mortgage his Exeter farm and subsequently fled to London in order to dodge his creditors. While there, he met Blight, a ship-breaker, who proposed that he become a partner in the business. Patch agreed, but lacked the money to pay for his share and killed Blight instead. Despite many attempts to conceal the crime, he was convicted on strong circumstantial evidence in 1806. In passing sentence, the judge told Patch: "you began this practice in fraud, continued it in ingratitude, and completed it by shedding the blood of your friend and benefactor."

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