Phillimore Discusses an "Extraordinary Trial" [Manuscript]. Phillimore, Sir Walter [1845-1929]. [Brainerd, Cephas (1831-1910)]. [Autograph Letter, Signed, To Cephas Brainerd, London, December 28, 1905]. 4 pp. letter on 7" x 4-1/2" bifolium stationery ("The Coppice, Henley on Thames"). Light toning, single horizontal fold line. $250. * Phillimore was an eminent British jurist known for his work in ecclesiastical cases. This letter was likely written to Cephas Brainerd, an American lawyer who worked on the "Alabama Claims" cases. In it, he thanks Brainerd for sending him some books and archival material relating to "the public life of the U.S." and "Venezuela arbitration - Alaska boundary arbitration - and other political events." The letter concludes with a reference to the "extraordinary trial" of former MP Hugh Watt [1848-1921], over which Phillimore presided. Watt was accused "of inciting to murder his wife." Phillimore remarks: "The man is as nearly mad - from excesses of various kinds - as possible - which probably accounted for his apparently insensate efforts." Watt was found guilty but had his sentence reduced after a public outcry.
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