A REPORT OF THE TRIAL OF THE REV. EPHRAIM K. AVERY...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.

Boston. 1833. 143pp. Dbd. Minor toning and foxing, small ink number on titlepage. Good plus. Untrimmed. Item #WRCAM53867

First edition of this scarce report on the infamous Avery-Cornell murder case. The full-page map of Narragansett Bay is printed on the verso of the Advertisement leaf. "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 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.... For the times, the trial was a long one; it lasted twenty-seven days, during which 196 witnesses were examined, and resulted in Avery's acquittal. It is not inconsistent to say that while the verdict was undoubtedly sound on the evidence as presented, there is still enough doubt to make the case an interesting one" - McDade. Scarce. McDADE 46. SABIN 96818.

Price: $150.00