A REPORT OF THE TRIAL OF THE REV. EPHRAIM K. AVERY, BEFORE THE SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT OF RHODE ISLAND, ON AN INDICTMENT FOR THE MURDER OF SARAH MARIA CORNELL; CONTAINING A FULL STATEMENT OF THE TESTIMONY, TOGETHER WITH THE ARGUMENTS OF COUNSEL, AND THE CHARGE TO THE JURY. BY RICHARD HILDRETH, ATTORNEY AT LAW. WITH A MAP. THIRD EDITION.

Boston: Russell, Odiorne... 1833. 143, [1 blank] pp, full page map. Bound in contemporary [?] handwritten wrappers. Scattered light to moderate foxing, Good+.

"When Sarah Cornell was found hanging from the frame of a haystack in Tiverton, Rhode Island, it might easily have been called suicide but for a note she had left in her bandbox saying, 'If I should be missing, enquire of the Rev. Mr. Avery, of Bristol,- he will know where I am.' This was the beginning of the Reverend's troubles and one of the most famous nineteenth-century cases." McDade 33. Sarah had been five months pregnant, allegedly by Avery; a 27-day trial ensued, which resulted in Avery's acquittal.
Second and third editions of this sensational trial issued in 1833, the same year as the first.
McDade 46. AI 17468 [4]. II Harv. Law Cat. 1008. Cohen 12306. Item #34676

Price: $250.00

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