New York. 1808. 56pp. Dbd. Faint institutional ink stamp and embossed blindstamp to titlepage, minor toning, light foxing. Overall, very good. Item #WRCAM53841
A curious and rare account of the trial of Alexander Whistelo, a black man accused of leaving Lucy Williams, a mulatto, with child. A controversy ensued as sundry doctors stated that the child was the offspring of white parents. In addition, a witness attested to a white man visiting Ms. Williams: "The witness...confessed that such a person had been in bed with her: that he had turned the black man out with a pistol, and taken his place - that they had a connexion; but she said she was sure they had made no one young one...." In the end, Whistelo was acquitted. SABIN 103312. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 14750.