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Eldredge, James E.]
The Trial for Murder, of James E. Eldredge, Convicted of Poisoning Sarah Jane Gould.
Hitchcock, Tillotson & Stillwell's Steam Presses, Ogdensburgh, N.Y, 1857. 130pp. Original pictorial wraps. Remnants of plain overwraps on spine and gutter margins of wrappers. Some wear at edges, particularly to initial leaves. Light tanning and dust soiling; occasional patches of light dampstaining. A lengthy and scarce account of a trial for murder by poison in remote northern New York, on the border with Canada. The killer James Eldredge moved with his family to Iowa in 1856, but finding himself dissatisfied with his new environs, returned to New York the same year. Under the assumed name of Edwin Aldrich, he settled in Louisville, took up a teaching position, and became engaged to Sarah Jane Gould, a 24-year-old widow. By the end of May 1857, Gould was dead of a mysterious illness. Her family became suspicious when an aunt discovered that Eldredge had been in possession of arsenic, and demanded an investigation that led to his trial and conviction for murder. The present pamphlet contains a complete transcript of the lawyers' arguments and witness testimony. "He poisoned his pregnant fiancée with arsenic at Louisville, New York, May 26, 1857, by mixing it with 'Dr. Rogers' Syrup of Liverwort, Tar, &c.' He died in the Canton jail on March 23, 1859, of consumption" - McDade. In pictorial wrappers with a full length portrait of Eldredge on the front wrapper and a bust portrait of Gould on the rear. McDade 281. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
Bookseller: McBride Rare Books LLC [New York, NY, U.S.A.]
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