THE TRIAL OF PETER ROBINSON, FOR THE MURDER OF ABRAHAM SUYDAM, ESQ. PRESIDENT OF THE FARMERS' AND MECHANICS' BANK, OF NEW BRUNSWICK, CONTAINING A VERY FULL AND ACCURATE ACCOUNT OF ALL THE TESTIMONY ADDUCED ON THE TRIAL-- THE WHOLE HAVING BEEN CAREFULLY TAKEN DOWN AS IT WAS DELIVERED: ALSO, THE VERY ELOQUENT AND IMPRESSIVE CHARGE OF CHIEF JUSTICE HORNBLOWER, TO THE JURY, AND HIS FINAL MOST AFFECTING ADDRESS TO THE WRETCHED CRIMINAL ON PRONOUNCING UPON HIM THE SENTENCE OF DEATH: TOGETHER WITH A FULL ACCOUNT OF ALL THE STRANGE AND HORRID CONFESSIONS OF ROBINSON AS MADE TO DIFFERENT PERSONS BEFORE HIS TRIAL, AND TO HIS COUNSEL AND OTHERS SINCE HIS CONVICTION. SENTENCED TO BE HUNG ON THE 16TH DAY OF APRIL NEXT. THE WHOLE REPORTED FOR THE NEW-YORK HERALD, BY WILLIAM H. ATTREE.

New York: Published at the Office of the New York Herald, [1841]. 31, [1] pp. Stitched as issued, each text page printed in two columns. Portrait of Robinson on page [3]. Scattered foxing. Title leaf and page [32] are dusted; page [32] with a closed tear [not taking any text]. Good.

"When Suydam, a bank president in New Brunswick, New Jersey, disappeared on December 3, 1840, some said he had been murdered; others, less generous, thought he had absconded. No suspicion attached to Robinson until he flourished his mortgage and claimed he had paid it off to Suydam. Those who knew that Robinson had no resources reported this, and on December 14 a search of his home revealed the body of Suydam buried under the basement floor. After conviction Robinson confessed that he had tried to wrest the papers from Suydam, not intending to kill him, and finding Suydam too strong for him, knocked him out with a mallet. He kept Suydam tied up in his cellar from Thursday to Saturday, when he dug a grave before his victim's eyes, threw him in it, battered in his head with a shovel, and filled in the hole. His hanging was a gala event in New Brunswick" [McDade].
A later printing records the sentencing.
McDade 809, 806. Cohen 12979. Felcone, New Jersey Books 1368 and 1371 [other accounts of the trial]. Item #37732

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