A Brief Sketch of the Life of Horace Carter, Who Was Executed...
by Trial; Carter, Horace, Defendant
1825. The Value of Education [Trial]. Carter, Horace [d.1825], Defendant. A Brief Sketch of the Life of Horace Carter, Who Was Executed in Worcester, Dec. 7, 1825, For the Crime of Rape. Together with Remarks on Early Education. Worcester: S.n., 1825. 16 pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/4"). Stitched pamphlet. Light soiling to title page and final leaf, minor tears and chipping to some leaves, including title page, light browning and foxing throughout. Early owner annotations to title page, inkspots to a few leaves. A scarce title. * Only edition. Carter, a thief and petty criminal, was executed for the rape of an elderly woman resident of the public almshouse in Worcester. Carter confessed to the crime, and offered drunkenness and his lack of moral instruction as excuses. A sociological text, the Brief Sketch says almost nothing about Carter's crime and trial. In the form of six lessons, it outlines the steps that led him to the gallows. It argues, overall, that a childhood education would have transformed him into a law-abiding, productive adult. OCLC locates 9 copies, none in law libraries. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 13781. (Inventory #: 65872)
Law & Legal History, International Law, Trials, Americana, Criminology, Early Printed Law Books, Legal Ephemera, Manuscripts: Law, Political Science
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