WICKED MEN ENSNARED BY THEMSELVES. A SERMON PREACHED, DECEMBER 16, 1825, IN THE SECOND PARISH OF WEST SPRINGFIELD, AT THE INTERMENT OF SAMUEL LEONARD, AND MRS. HARRIET LEONARD, HIS WIFE; THE FORMER OF WHOM MURDERED THE LATTER, AND THEN COMMITTED SUICIDE. WITH AN APPENDIX CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF THE HORRID TRANSACTION. SECOND EDITION.

Springfield: Tannatt & Co., Publishers, 1826. 44pp. Stitched in original drab wrappers. Some spotting, several closed tears without loss. Good+.

"After threatening several times to do so, Leonard killed his wife with an ax and then cut his own throat" [McDade]. Cohen states, "We have been unable to locate a first edition and none appears in N.U.C." McDade and American Imprints do not designate an edition, although Imprints also records a "third edition" in the same year. The Appendix at pages 37-44 "contains a statement of the principle facts in the case" [Cohen]. The Sermon indicates that Leonard's Universalist beliefs may have contributed to his foul deed: the doctrine of universal salvation tends "practically to nullify the threatening of God."
McDade 601. Cohen 4169. Not in Marke or Harv. Law Cat. AI 26122. Item #35596

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