AN ENQUIRY HOW FAR THE PUNISHMENT OF DEATH IS NECESSARY IN PENNSYLVANIA. WITH NOTES AND ILLUSTRATIONS, BY WILLIAM BRADFORD, ESQ. TO WHICH IS ADDED, AN ACCOUNT OF THE GOAL AND PENITENTIARY HOUSE OF PHILADELPHIA, AND OF THE INTERIOR MANAGEMENT THEREOF. BY CALEB LOWNES, OF PHILADELPHIA.

London: Re-Printed for J. Johnson, 1795. 6, [3], 4-114 pp + folded table, with the advertisement leaf after page 6 of the first count. Disbound, accession number and rubberstamp on title page, else Very Good.

This second edition followed the 1793 Philadelphia first. Bradford, the second Attorney General of the United States, was a distinguished lawyer, descendant of the printer of the same name, and long the Attorney General of Pennsylvania. President Washington appointed him Attorney General in January 1794. This book attempts to bring practical experience to bear upon "the subject of the Criminal Law...To supply, in some measure, this defect; to collect the scattered rays which the juridical history of our own and other countries afford, and to examine how far the maxims of philosophy abide the test of experience, have, therefore, been the leading objects of this work." The Advertisement to this London edition commends "the able practical manner" of its authors and the light the book sheds on "perhaps the unnecessary destruction of human life by public executions."
At the time of publication, an array of crimes was punishable by death. The authors make the case for abolition of the death penalty.
I Harv. Law. Cat. 220. ESTC T80386. Marvin 141 [Philadelphia edition]. Item #31603

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