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Item #73708 Report of the Case of Geo C Hersey [With] ALS [And] Defense Motion. Trial, George C Hersey, Defendant, J. Yerrinton.
Report of the Case of Geo C Hersey [With] ALS [And] Defense Motion.
Report of the Case of Geo C Hersey [With] ALS [And] Defense Motion.
Report of the Case of Geo C Hersey [With] ALS [And] Defense Motion.
Report of the Case of Geo C Hersey [With] ALS [And] Defense Motion.
Report of the Case of Geo C Hersey [With] ALS [And] Defense Motion.
Report of the Case of Geo C Hersey [With] ALS [And] Defense Motion.
Report of the Case of Geo C Hersey [With] ALS [And] Defense Motion.

Report of the Case of Geo C Hersey [With] ALS [And] Defense Motion.

Presentation Copy of a Notable Trial Involving Poisoning and Abortion [Trial]. Hersey, George C., Defendant. Yerrinton, M.W. James, Reporter. Report of the Case of Geo. C. Hersey, Indicted for the Murder of Betsy Frances Tirrell Before the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts; Including the Hearing on the Motion in Arrest of Judgment, The Prisoner's Petition For a Commutation of Sentence, The Death Warrant, Officer's Return Upon It, And the Confession. Boston: A. Williams & Co., 1862. 267 pp. Octavo (9-1/2" x 6"). Contemporary sheep, blind fillets to boards, lettering piece and blind fillets to spine, presentation inscription "Hon. Charles Doe. With respects of- Geo.S. Sullivan" to front free endpaper. Light rubbing and a few small scuffs and spots to boards, which are slightly bowed, moderate rubbing to extremities, joints starting, small chips to lettering piece and rear joint, corners lightly worn, faint offsetting to endleaves, light edgewear to rear free endpaper. Light toning to interior, occasional light foxing, most of it negligible. [With] Sullivan, George S. [Doe, Charles (1830-1896)]. [Autograph Letter, Signed, Boston, October 14, 1862]. 2 pp. letter to 8" x 5" bifolium monogram stationery. Moderate toning, slight darkening to top-edge, two horizontal fold lines. [And] [Defendant's Brief in Commonwealth vs. George C. Hersey]. May 28, 1861.3 pp. printed document to 9-3/4" x 7-3/4" bifolium, ms docket to verso. Light toning, two horizontal fold lines, negligible light wear to fore-edge, light foxing to verso of final leaf. Together 3 items. $450. * First edition. "Hersey had been living in Weymouth with the Tirrell family since the sudden death four months before of their daughter and his fiancee, Mary Tirrell. A second daughter, Betsy became pregnant by him, and he gave her a drug which he represented would cause an abortion. Actually, it was strychnine which he had obtained in Boston allegedly to poison a dog. He was convicted and hanged. The preface claims this to be the only (in 1862) published trial in which strychnine was detected by analysis in the deceased.": McDade. Our copy was presented by George S. Sullivan, one of Hersey's defense attorneys, to Charles Doe, then-associate justice on the Supreme Judicial Court of New Hampshire. In the accompanying letter, Sullivan a.

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