Book #73511
The Burdell Case, Closing Argument of Mr. Charles Edwards, Advocate. Trial, Charles Edwards, Emma A. Cunningham.
The Burdell Case, Closing Argument of Mr. Charles Edwards, Advocate...
The Burdell Case, Closing Argument of Mr. Charles Edwards, Advocate...

The Burdell Case, Closing Argument of Mr. Charles Edwards, Advocate...

A Bizarre Case Involving Murder and Fraudulent Claims of Marriage and Parenthood [Trial]. Edwards, Charles [1797-1868]. Cunningham, Emma, Claiment. The Burdell Case, Closing Argument of Mr. Charles Edwards, Advocate for Infant Next of Kin of Harvey Burdell: And in Opposition to the Claim of Emma Augusta Cunningham, For Letters of Administration. New York: John S. Voorhies, Law Bookseller and Publisher, 1857. 66 pp. Folding lithograph map. Octavo (9" x 5-3/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in printed wrappers. Light soiling to exterior, faint dampstaining to sections of wrappers, spine perished, wrappers secure, some wear to corners of wrappers and text block, two related newspaper clippings, with hand-lettered date 1866, tipped-in to front pastedown. Light toning to interior, faint dampstaining to fore-edge of text block, text and map not affected. $1,500. * Only edition. Harvey Burdell was a successful dentist who maintained an office and home in New York City. He rented most of the house to Emma Augusta Cunningham and her children, along with several other boarders. Burdell and Cunningham had a volatile relationship, and Cunningham became a prime suspect when Burdell was stabbed to death. There was no proof that she committed the crime. Also, she said she had married Burdell in secret shortly before his death. Events took a curious turn after her acquittal: she announced she was pregnant with Burdell's child and initiated a suit to obtain his estate. This pamphlet documents the trial on behalf of her claim, which was partially denied when it was discovered that she purchased a baby to serve as "an infant next of kin." OCLC locates 13 copies, 4 in law libraries (Library of Congress, Ohio State, U.S. Supreme Court, University of Missouri). Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 11359.

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