New York: Published by Nathaniel Smith; printed by Clayton & Kingsland, 1819. -112 pp [as issued]. Original printed tan wrappers [minor wear], stitched, untrimmed, printed in double columns. Very Good.
The Reports include: Thomas Mather and Harvey Strong vs. Ira Bush on questions of insolvency and state laws impairing the obligation of contracts; Sturges v. Crowninshield on bankruptcy; Daniel Searles indicted for forging and passing counterfeit notes; Hugh Wallace indicted for assault and battery on John Gowan.
Also printed is the interesting case of Hugh Curry, who was indicted for manslaughter after throwing a teapot at his wife's head during a drunken argument which resulted in her death eleven days later. The couple is described as having engaged in "beastly intoxication" and frequent arguments. Jane Mokins and Matilda Hill, two "blacks living in the same house," testified that the victim cried that her husband was murdering her; Mokins saw the victim bloodied when she ran for help. The victim returned to her husband after he assured Mokins that he would not beat his wife further. Curry was found guilty and sentenced to fourteen years in prison. Item #31399