Book #78481
Item #78481 The Trial of Peter Robinson for the Murder of Abraham Suydam, Esq. Trial, Peter Robinson, Defendant, William Attree.
The Trial of Peter Robinson for the Murder of Abraham Suydam, Esq...
The Trial of Peter Robinson for the Murder of Abraham Suydam, Esq...

The Trial of Peter Robinson for the Murder of Abraham Suydam, Esq...

A Murder that May Have Inspired One of Edgar Allen Poe's Most Famous Stories: McDade 809 [Trial]. Robinson, Peter, Defendant. Attree, William, Reporter. The Trial of Peter Robinson for the Murder of Abraham Suydam, Esq., President of the Farmers' and Mechanics' Bank of New Brunswick: Containing a Very Full and Accurate Account of All the Testimony Adduced on the Trial, The Whole Having Been Carefully Taken Down as it Was Delivered: Also, The Very Eloquent and Impressive Charge of Chief Justice Hornblower to the Jury, And His Final Most Affecting Address to the Wretched Criminal on Pronouncing Upon Him the Sentence of Death: Together With a Full Account of All the Strange and Horrid Confessions of Robinson as Made to Different Persons Before His Trial, and to His Counsel and Others Since His Conviction: Sentenced to be Hung on the 16th Day of April Next. New York: Published at the Office of the New York Herald, [c.1841]. 31, [1] pp. Woodcut portrait of Robinson at head of p. 4. Text in double columns. Octavo (9-1/2" x 6"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into somewhat later three-quarter sheep over marbled boards. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities with wear to spine ends and corners, front joint and hinge partially cracked but secure, a few creases and a minor tear to rear free endpaper. Moderate toning to interior, light foxing to a few leaves and title page, which is lightly soiled and has the remains of a mostly trimmed-away signature at the top-edge. $750. * Only edition. This is the most detailed account of one of the most sensational American murder cases of the 1840s: the murder in New Brunswick, New Jersey, of Abraham Suydam, a banker, by Peter Robinson, one of his debtors. Robinson beat Suydam to death and buried him under the floorboards of his house. Many scholars believe this case provided the inspiration for Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" (1843). OCLC locates 6 copies of the Herald issue in law libraries (Columbia, Harvard, Library of Congress, South Texas College of Law, University of Missouri, Yale). McDade, The Annals of Murder 809.

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Book number 78481