A Copious Report of the Trial of Thomas Dewey, For the Wilful...
A "Fatal Catastrophe" in Nottingham [Trial]. Dewey, Thomas [d.1825], Defendant. A Copious Report of the Trial of Thomas Dewey, For the Wilful Murder of Maria Austin, Before the Hon. James Allan Park, Knt. On Monday, July 25, 1825, At the Town Hall, Nottingham. To Which is Added, Some Particulars of His Life, Character, Behaviour, And Execution. Copied from the Nottingham Review, With Some Additions. Nottingham: Printed and sold by Sutton and Son, Review Office, . 12mo. (6-3/4" x 3-3/4). Stab-stitched pamphlet, resewn into recent plain wrappers, recent white label with shelf mark to front wrapper. Moderate toning to interior, library stamp to verso of title page, several leaves trimmed close on right margin with no loss to text, very light foxing to last few leaves, small tear to fore-edge of title page not affecting text. $500. * Only edition. Thomas Dewey stabbed Maria Austin, a neighbor and acquaintance, after a quarrel in which she told him not to order her children about. Dewey claimed insanity (and several witnesses testified to this effect) but the judge and jury disagreed. He was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death. Though it was unclear at trial whether a romantic connection between the two existed at the time of the murder, the account appended to the trial in our work suggests that Dewey was a womanizer jealous of Austin's husband, from whom she was estranged. It concludes with a poem titled "The Morning of Execution." OCLC locates 6 copies of this scarce title, 1 in North America (Library of Congress).
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