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A report of an action for a libel brought by Dr. Benjamin Rush, against William Cobbett, : in the Supreme court of Pennsylvania, December term, 1799, for certain defamatory publications in a news-paper, entitled Porcupine's gazette, of which the said Will
by Rush, Benjamin, 1746-1813, plaintiff.
The trial at full length, of Thomas James Hawkins, alias Henry Hawkins, and Edward Underwood, on a charge of obtaining goods and money, the property of Mary Marner, under false pretences... / Thomas James Hawkins.
by Hawkins, Thomas James.
Neutral rights, or, An impartial examination of the right of search of neutral vessels under convoy: and of a judgment pronounced by the English court of admiralty, the 11th June, 1799, in the case of the Swedish convoy : with some additions and corrections / by Mr. J.F.W. Schlegel ; translated from the French.
by Schlegel, J. F. W. (Johan Friderich Wilhelm), 1765-1836.
The solemn declaration of the late unfortunate Jason Fairbanks : from the original manuscript / composed and signed by himself, a very short time before his death ; to which is added some account of his life and character, the whole collected and published by Ebenezer Fairbanks, Jun.
by Fairbanks, Jason, 1780-1801.
The speech of the Right Hon. William Windham : delivered in the House of Commons, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1801, on the report of an address to the Throne, approving of the preliminaries of peace with the Republick of France.
by Windham, William, 1750-1810.
Life, trial, and particulars of the execution of Governor Wall : who was executed on Thursday morning last, fronting Newgate, for the murder of Benjamin Armstrong, nearly 20 years ago, at Goree, in Africa. By causing him to receive, without trial, 800 lashes, which we inflicted by Black Slaves, changed at every 25 lashes.
by Wall, Joseph, 1737-1802.
The trial at large, of Joseph Wall, esq. : late governor of Goree Island, on the coast of Africa, for the wilful murder, of Benjamin Armstrong, in July, 1782, by causing him to be tied to a gun-carriage, and flogged with a piece of rope, on his bare back, by Black Men: Who was tried, and found Guilty, at the Sessions-House in the Old-Bailey, on the 20th of January, 1802.
by Wall, Joseph, 1737-1802.
The trial of Governor Wall : executed at the Old Bailey, Jan. 28th, 1802, for the murder of Benjamin Armstrong, in the Garrison at Goree, upon the coast of Africa, July, 1782; with the extraordinary particulars of his escape at Reading, after being captured under a warrant from the Privy Council in 1784, and his subsequent surrented in 1802, having lived twenty years in exile.
by Wall, Joseph, 1737-1802.
Report of the proceedings, upon an inquisition of damages, in acause between the Rev. George Markham, plaintiff, and John Fawcett, Esq, defendant; for criminal conversation with the plaintiff's wife... / George Markham.
by Marckham, George.
Proceedings of the general court martial in the trial of Major John Gordon of the late 8th West India Regiment.
by Gordon, John, defendant.
The trial at large, of Capt. J. Caulfield, Esq. for criminal conversation with the wife of Captain George Chambers, Esq., daughter of the late Lord Rodney ... / by Richard Johnson, Esq.
by Johnson, Richard.
The trial at large of William Sparling ... and Samuel Martin Colquitt ... on an indictment for the murder of Mr. Edward Grayson ...
by Sparling, William, defendant.
The trial at large, of Henry Jadis, Esquire, for criminal conversation with the wife of the Hon. Allan Hayde Gardner; Captain in his majesty's navy, and son to Lord Gardner ... / by Richard Johnson, Esquire.
by Johnson, Richard.
A full and particular account of the trial of Francisco dos Santo, alias, Francisco Son : for the murder of Archibald Graham, at a Court of Oyer and Terminer, held in the city of New-York Jan. 9, 1806 : with the sentence, pronounced against him by his honour the presiding judge
by Santos, Francisco dos, 1776-1806.
Minutes and proceedings of a division court martial ... holden at Boston ... October 29, 1805 : as they relate to the trial of Capt. Joseph Loring, Jr.
by Loring, Joseph, 1767-1838.
The trial at large of Acou (a Chinese Tartar sailor) for murder. Tried at the admiralty sessions...1806../ By Job Sibly, shorthand writer to the sessions at the old Bailey.
by Sibley, Job.
Trial of John Doeke Romney Rouvellet esq. of the Island of St. Christopher, for forgery ... also of Elizabeth Barnet for felony ... and of William Vernon Dorant...for perjury... / John Doeke Romney Rouvellet.
by Rouvellet, John Doeke Romney.
The trial of Stephen Arnold, for the murder of Betsey Van Amburgh : a child six years of age : before the court of Oyer and Terminer and General Goal Delivery, for the county of Otsego, at the courthouse in Cooperstown, June 4th, 1805.
by Arnold, Stephen H.
A correct statement of the whole preliminary controversy between Tho. O. Selfridge and Benj. Austin : also a brief account of the catastrophe in State Street, Boston, on the 4th August, 1806 : with some remarks / by Tho. O. Selfridge.
by Selfridge, Thomas O. (Thomas Oliver), d. 1816.
The trial of Maturin Livingston, Esq. against James Cheetham for a libel : held at the sittings, on the twenty eightn [sic] of Nov. 1807, before the Hon. Judge Spencer / taken in short hand by William Sampson, esq...
by Livingston, Maturin, plaintiff.
The Trial of Weeping Billy, for the wilful murder of Ann Webb : also, the trials of William Duncan, for the wilful murder of W. Chivers, Esq., John Maycock and John Pope, for the wilful murder of A.M. Pooley, at Horsleydown, and John Augustus, for the wilful murder of his shipmate, Peter Williams.
by Unknown Author
An authentic account of the proceedings under a writ of enquiry of damages in an action in the court of King's Bench, in which the Right Hon. the Earl of Elgin was plaintiff, and William [i.e. Robert] Ferguson, Esq. defendant, for criminal conversation with the plaintiff's wife : executed before the sheriff of Middlesex and a special jury on the 22d of December, 1807 ...
by Elgin, Thomas Bruce, Earl of, 1766-1841.
A letter to Mr. William Parkinson, pastor of the Baptist Church meeting in Gold-Strut, New York : to which is added a dialogue between two brothers ... / by John Inglesby.
by Inglesby, John.
Particulars respecting the trial, condemnation and execution of Major Henry Alexander Campbell, at the Armagh assizes, August 10, 1808, for killing, in a duel, Captain Alexander Boyd : together with two letters by Major Campbell...
by Campbell, Henry Alexander, d. 1808.>
The trial of Major Campbell, for the murder of Captain Boyd, in a duel, June 23, 1807 : with the evidence in full, the charge of the judge, and details of Major Campbell's last moments, execution, &c., &c.
by Campbell, Henry Alexander, d. 1808.
Case of Major General Wm. Stapleton, on the investigation, ordered by His Majesty's principal secretary of state for the home department, into the charges preferred by General Stapleton, against His Honor John Lace, Esq. His Majesty's first deemster in the Isle of Man
by Stapleton, William, Major-General, fl. 1809.
Report of the trial of Joseph Henry, Esq. in the sheriff's court, on Friday, Jan. 20, 1809, for criminal conversation with Lady Emily Best / Joseph Henry.
by Henry, Joseph.
Case of J. V. N. Yates : decided in the Supreme Court of New-York, in August term, 1809.
by Yates, John V. N. (John Van Ness), 1779-1839.
An authentic and irrefutable statement of Mrs. Sinclair Sutherland's unfortunate intimacy with Mr. Whichcote Turner, involving a narrative both interesting and distressing.
by Sutherland, Lucy Sinclair.
Trial of Charles Wakely, for a rape on Mrs. Rebecca Fay, wife to Dr. Cyrus Fay, physician : before the Court of General Sessions of the Peace for the city and county of New York, for the February term, 1810 / taken by a stenographer, by permission of the court
by Wakely, Charles.
View of the system of Anglo-Irish jurisprudence : and of the effects of trial by jury, when individuals consider themselves belonging to a faction, rather than to the community / by Roger O'Connor, who appeals to the people on whom he calls to return their verdict according to evidence.
by O'Connor, Roger, 1762-1834.
Record of the proceedings of a general court martial, holden at the court-house in Salem, in the county of Essex, Monday, Sept. 28, 1812, by order of His Excellency Caleb Strong ... on the complaint of Lieut. Col. Samuel Brimblecom and others against Ebenezer Goodale, Major General of the second division of the militia.
by Goodale, Ebenezer, defendant.
A report of the trial of Samuel Tulley and John Dalton, on an indictment for piracy, committed January 21st, 1812. Before the Circuit court of the United States, at Boston, 28th October, 1812. Containing the evidence at large, a sketch of the arguments of counsel, and the charge of the Hon. Judge Story, on pronouncing sentence of death. (From minutes taken at the trial)
by Tully, Samuel, 1771-1812, defendant.
Trial & c. of John Bellingham, for the murder of Spencer Perceval.
by Bellingham, John, 1770-1812.
Trial of Col. Thomas H. Cushing before a General court martial, which sat at Baton-Rouge, on charges preferred against him by Brig. Gen. Wade Hampton. Reported by the late judge advocate.
by Cushing, Thomas H. (Thomas Humphrey), 1755-1822.
The trial of Daniel Dawson, for poisoning Mr. Adams's mare at Newmarket in 1809, which took place before Mr. Justice Heath at Cambridge July 22, 1812 / taken in court by Geo. Kent.
by Dawson, Daniel, d. 1812, defendant.
The trials of the twelve traitors W. Cundell, C. Parker, J. Tweedle, Charles Bird, John Quigley, John Smith, G. Armstrong, S. M'Farlane, J. Teaster, James Fibbs, Philip Lethay, Noah Francis for high treason : charged with being found in arms, in French uniform, fighting against their king and country, in the Isle of France, and other traiterous acts, before a Special Commission, at the Sessions House, Newington, Monday, Feb. 10, and following days : including the interesting charge to the grand jury, the speeches of the counsellors, and the affecting address of the Lord Chief Baron in passing the awful sentences
by Unknown Author
The Confession of Mary Cole, who was executed ... for the murder of Agnes Teaurs, her mother.
by Cole, Mary
A narrative interspersed with remarks and an appendix; all relating to the reports which have gone abroad concerning William Parkinson... / William Parkinson.
by Parkinson, William.
Statement of facts / by J. Benjafield, esq. Together with the trial of the printer and proprietor of the County Chronicle, for a libel; before Lord Ellenborough, and A special jury; at Guildhall, London, on the 22d Dec. 1812. Taken, in short hand, by Mr. Gurney.
by Benjafield, J. (John)
The trial of William Cruchley : for having maliciously preferred seven indictments for felony against his late clerk, who ... obtained 2000 pounds damages.
by Cruchley, William.
Trial of James Graham, before the Hon. Ambrose Spencer, Esq. for the murder of Hugh Cameron, and Alexander M'Gillavrae, in Delhi, Delaware Co. July 14th, 1813 / taken during the trial, by Aaron Clark, esq. June 17, 1814.
by Graham, James, d. 1814.
The case of Thomas Lord Cochrane, K.B. : containing the history of the hoax, the trial, the proceedings in the House of Commons, and the meetings of the electors of Westminster : to which is prefixed, a biographical sketch of his Lordship; with an appendix...
by Cochrane, Thomas, Lord, K.B.
A Collection of plain authentic documents, in justification of the conduct of Governor Ainslie : in the reduction of a most formidable rebellion among the Negro slaves in the island of Dominica, at a crisis of the most imminent danger to the lives and properties of the inhabitants.
by Ainslie, George Robert, 1776-1839.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Levi Kenniston, Laban Kenniston, and Reuben Taber, for robbery / Levi Kenniston.
by Kenniston, Levi.
High-treason : The whole proceedings on the trial of James Watson, the elder, surgeon, Arthur Thistlewood, gent., Thomas Preston, cordwainer, and John Hooper, labourer, for high-treason ... Together with the whole proceedings in this highly interesting and important trial, given at full length / Taken in short-hand by a gentleman of the bar, expressly for this edition.
by Watson, James, 1766?-1838. defendant.
The mysterious stranger, or, Memoirs of Henry Moore Smith, alias Henry Frederick Moon, alias William Newman, who is now confined in Simsbury mines in Connecticut for the crime of burglary : containing an account of his extraordinary conduct during his con
by Bates, Walter.
Report of the evidence at the trial of Levi & Laban Kenniston : before Hon. Samuel Putnam, on an indictment for the robbery of Major Elijah P. Goodridge, December 19, 1816.
by Kenniston, Levi.
The trial of Alexander M'Laren, and Thomas Baird, before the High Court of Justiciary, at Edinburgh, on the 5th and 7th March 1817, for sedition. Taken in shorthand by John Dow.
by M'Laren, Alexander, defendant.
Observations on a libel : for which an indictment was instituted by Richard Gurney ... Vice-warden of the stannaries of Devon, against Miss Mary Ann Tocker; of which the defendant was found not guilty. Tried before Mr. Justice Burrough, at Bodmin, the 5th of August, 1818 ..
by Gurney, Richard, 1790-1843.
Report of the trial in an action between William Vooght, plaintiff, and John Wynch, defendant, tried at Chelmsford Summer Assizes, on the 24th and 25th of July 1818, before Mr. Serjeant Lens, and a special jury / Taken in short-hand, by Joseph A. Dowling.
by Dowling, Joseph A.
Report of the trial of Charles N. Baldwin for a libel, in publishing, in the Republican chronicle, certain charges of fraud and swindling in the management of lotteries in the state of New-York ... / The whole being taken down in short hand, at the trial,
by Baldwin, Charles N., 1793?-1838.
Trial by jury and liberty of the press : the proceedings at the public meeting, December 29, 1817, at the City of London Tavern, for the purpose of enabling William Hone to surmount the difficulties in which he has been placed by being selected by the ministers of the Crown as the object of their persecution : Mr. Waithman in the chair, with the resolutions and speeches of Mr. Waithman, Sir Francis Burdett, Mr. Alderman Thorp, Mr. Perry, Mr. P. Walker, Lord Cochrane, Mr. Charles Pearson, Mr. Sturch, and Mr. Wooler : also, the subscriptions received from time to time, with all the names, mottoes, &c.
by Hone, William, 1780-1842.
Trial of Henry B. Hagerman, Esq., on an indictment for an assault and battery, with intent to murder, committed on William Coleman, Esq., editor of the N.Y. evening post / taken in short hand by David Bacon.
by Hagerman, Henry B. (Henry Brasher), 1786-1853.
The trial of Mary Ann Tocker : for an alleged libel, on Mr. R. Gurney, vice-warden of the Stannary-court, Devon, with the defence verbatim as delivered by the defendant; to which is added, an address to the jury, and also, an address to the public by Miss Tocker.
by Tocker, Mary Ann, defendant.
Trial of William M'Donnough on an indictment for the murder of his wife, Elizabeth M'Donnough : before the Hon. Supreme Judicial Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, at November term, holden at Boston, in the county of Suffolk, on the fourth Tuesday of November, 1817 / from minutes taken at the trial by a gentleman of the bar.
by M'Donnough, William, d. 1818?
Lives and confessions of John Williams, Francis Frederick, John P. Rog, and Peter Peterson, who were tried at the United States Circuit Court at Boston, for murder & piracy; sentenced to be executed Jan. 21, 1819; and afterwards reprieved till Feb. 18, 1819
by Unknown Author
The Pirates : a brief account of the horrid massacre of the captain, mate, and supercargo of the schooner Plattsburg, of Baltimore, on the high seas, in July 1816, by a part of the crew of said vessel ... : annexed, are some remarks relating to the trial
by Unknown Author