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. William B. Sprague.

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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