Shocking Murder of Mr Adams--Our Printer--The Body Discovered...
by Trial; Colt, John, Defendant
1841. An Account of a New York City Murder Overlooked by McDade [Trial]. Colt, John [1810-1842], Defendant. "Shocking Murder of Mr Adams--Our Printer--The Body Discovered on Board a Vessel--Arrest of the Supposed Murderer, And Observations on the Character of Both, Showing them to be Creatures of Circumstances," The Herald of the New Moral World and Millennial Harbinger, Volume I, No. 17, New York, September 16, 1841, pp. 140-143. Article bound into a complete run of this publication, Volume I, No. 1 to Volume II, No.7.  pp. Quarto (10-3/4" x 8"). Contemporary quarter calf over pebbled cloth, gilt fillets, title (reading New Moral World) and volume number (reading Vol. I-II) to spine. Light rubbing to boards, corners bumped, joints cracked, spine abraded with a few large chips just below title and at spine ends. Moderate toning, darker in places, light foxing. Struck-through serial (?) number in small recent hand, interior otherwise clean. * This account is overlooked by McDade, who lists two other newspaper accounts. As the title indicates, Adams was the printer of the Herald of the New Moral World, a liberal general-interest non-denominational Christian periodical. The murderer, John C. Colt, who appears to have acted impulsively during an argument, was the brother of Samuel Colt, the notable gun manufacturer. (For some unknown reason Colt used an axe instead of a pistol.) His deed was discovered when he attempted to ship Adams's body to New Orleans in a crate, where his body would not be identified. For some reason, Samuel Colt promoted the value of his pistol during his testimony, even interrupting the proceedings with a demonstration. No one knows why the court allowed this. John Colt was convicted and sentenced to death. He married his girlfriend the night before his execution and escaped the hangman by stabbing himself in the heart on the following morning. This account is one of the few negative articles in the optimistic Herald, a fascinating publication filled with reports of inventions, discoveries, social improvements and other examples of human progress. (Inventory #: 65724)
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