"His Appearance was Very Repulsive" [Broadside]. [Execution]. Smith, John [d.1849]. An Account of the Trial and Execution of John Smith, Who Suffered the Severe Sentence of the Law at Fisherton Anger, Near Salisbury, Wilts, On Tuesday Last for the Wilful Murder! of Eleanor Lawrence, At Collingbourn Ducis. Salisbury: Printed for the Vendors, . 19-3/4" x 7-1/2" broadside, text in single column below woodcut of gallows flanked by two small woodcut portraits. Moderate toning, horizontal and vertical fold lines, light soiling at top and bottom edges. Rare. $1,800. * Smith, "a wretched-looking object," beat Eleanor Lawrence to death and was arrested after assaulting several others. He put up an insanity defense at trial, which was unsuccessful; the jury convicted him of murder and he was executed on March 27, 1849. This broadside appears to be unrecorded. No copies located on OCLC or Library Hub.
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