With Interesting Commentary on Irish and English Morals [Trial]. Cavendish Bradshaw, Augustus [1768-1832], Defendant. The Trial at Large on an Action for Damages, Brought in His Majesty's Court of Exchequer, Before the Right Hon. Lord Chief Baron Yelverton and a Jury of Citizens, On Saturday the 20th of February, 1796; By the Right Hon. George Fred. Earl of Westmeath, Against the Honourable Augustus Cavendish Bradshaw, For Adultery with the Right Hon. Mary Anne, Countess of Westmeath; Containing the Whole of the Evidence, With the Speeches of the Learned Counsel, And the Charge of the Venerable Judge. On Which a Verdict was Found for ?10,000. To Which is Prefixed, An Epistle Dedicatory to the Fashionable World. London: Re-Printed for Allen and West, 1796. xii, 36 pp. Octavo (7-3/4" x 4-3/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet, disbound and resewn. Light toning, light soiling to exterior and a few other pages, small inkspots to fore-edge, light foxing in a few places. $750. * Only London edition, reprinted from the first Dublin edition. Westmeath, an Irish peer, sought ?20,000 in damages after he caught his wife Maryanne carrying on an affair with Bradshaw during a period of separation. The jury awarded him ?10,000, though Bradshaw's relative poverty made the damages difficult to recover. The Westmeaths later divorced and Bradshaw and Maryanne married in 1796. An interesting feature of this account is the extensive editor's preface, addressed "to the Right Honourable, Right Fashionable, Truly Liberal, and Uncontroulable Amateurs of the Haut Ton." It discusses, among other topics, Irish assimilation into English culture and high society and the subsequent loosening of Irish morals. English Short-Title Catalogue T2981.
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