Collection of Reports of Celebrated Trials, Civil and Criminal

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A solicitor with offices in Scarborough, William Otter Woodall (1837–1914) was a prominent member of the local community. This work, edited by Woodall and first published in 1873, brings together reports of seven notable and intriguing nineteenth-century civil and criminal trials as case studies for the benefit of the legal profession. (It was intended as the first of a series, but no further volumes were published.) The book includes that of the so-called 'Quaker' poisoner John Tawell, executed in 1845, who was ...

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A solicitor with offices in Scarborough, William Otter Woodall (1837–1914) was a prominent member of the local community. This work, edited by Woodall and first published in 1873, brings together reports of seven notable and intriguing nineteenth-century civil and criminal trials as case studies for the benefit of the legal profession. (It was intended as the first of a series, but no further volumes were published.) The book includes that of the so-called 'Quaker' poisoner John Tawell, executed in 1845, who was the first person to be arrested with the aid of the electric telegraph and about whose fate several popular ballads were written; that of Abraham Thornton in 1818 – for the murder of Mary Ashford – who claimed the right to the ancient Norman tradition of trial by battle; and that of Reverend William Bailey, transported for life in 1843 to Van Diemen's Land for forgery. This colourful, engaging work will appeal to anyone with an interest in the law or true crime stories.

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THE TRIAL OF Til R CASE SMYTH v. SMYTH AND OTHERS, AT THE GLOUCESTER SUMMER ASSIZES, BEFOBB MR. JUSTICE COLERIDGE AND A SPECIAL JTJBY, On August 8th, 9th, and 10th, 1853. Counsel for the Plaintiff: Mr. Bovill (now Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas), Mr. Phipson, and Mr. Dowdeswell. For the Defendants : Sir Frederick Thesiger, Q. C., Mr. Crowder, Q. C., Mr. Alexander, Q. C., Mr. 3rM/,Mr. Skinner, and Mr. Taprell. INTRODUCTION. " Magna est veritas et prcevalebit f" Seldom has the truth of this maxim been more strikingly exemplified than in the case of the Claimant to the large estates of the Smyth family in Somersetshire and Wiltshire " Sir Richard Hugh Smyth, Baronet," otherwise " Dr. Smith," otherwise " Thomas Provis." Seldom has exposure been more complete, more overwhelming, or more merited. Since the trial of Alexander Alexander, soi-disant Earl of Stirling, at Edinburgh, in the year 1839, for forgery (to which the present case bears in. some respects a great resemblance) there has probably been no civil cause in modern days which attracted at the time so much attention as the one now under consideration (a). A short statement showing the pedigree of the Smyth family, and how the claim originated, will perhaps be found (a) When this was written the Tichborne Case was only in its infancy, and the trial had not commenced. useful for the purpose of following the case attempted to be set up on the part of the Claimant; but as the whole of the interest of the trial is derived from the evidence of the plaintiff himself, from his cross-examination by Sir F. Thesiger, and from the dramatic denouement and collapse of the whole case, no further summary or outline will beattempted. The clear and lucid manner indeed in which the case was ope...
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Preface; 1. The trial of Abraham Thornton; 2. The appeal of murder; 3. The trial of Josiah Phillips; 4. The trial of the case Smyth v. Smyth; 5. The trial of the Rev. William Bailey; 6. The trial of John Tawell; 7. The trial of Louis Bonafous, in religion Frère Léotade for the murder of Cécile Combettes.

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