London: . Folio. , 201,  pp. Bound in later library buckram [gum label with call letters at spine base]. Old rubberstamp and date on blank portion of title page. Else a clean text, printed in two columns per page. Good+.
"One of the most sensational trials that England witnessed in the 1850s" [online wethersfieldhistory.org]. "On New Year's Day 1753 an eighteen-year-old London maidservant called Elizabeth Canning was abducted in the City by two ruffians. She was carried off in a carriage to a brothel in Enfield, eleven miles out of London. Here, 'Mother Wells', the madam of the establishment, tried to force her to become a prostitute. Canning refused... Elizabeth was imprisoned in an attic with only a few crusts of bread and a jug of water to live on. On January 29th, after almost a month in captivity, she escaped through a window and walked all the way back to her mother’s house in the City. That, at least, was Canning’s story; and she was sticking to it." [online www.historytoday.com] Her alleged abductors-- Ms. Wells and Ms. Squires-- were arrested and tried: "The trial was brief and raucous and by the end of February, justice had been meted out at the Old Bailey. Wells was to be branded on her hand for running the house of prostitution. Squires was to be hanged for theft" [wethersfieldhistory.org].
Canning, however, had made it all up. She was convicted of perjury. "Her critics had begun questioning her loyalty to the Church of England, accusing her of consorting with Methodists. And when the final sentence on her was carried out — exile to America — her Methodist supporters arranged for her to stay with Congregational minister Elisha Williams to be taken in to his family in Wethersfield, Conn." [id.]. She married John Treat from a prominent Wethersfield family and lived happily ever after.
ESTC T102303. Item #34634