THE GREAT HUNTINGDONSHIRE CAUSE

ID: 24781
£275.00
A trial by ejectment, involving a question of legitimacy, between John Day,

TRIAL: DAY versus DAY,, A trial by ejectment, involving a question of legitimacy, between John Day, of Bedford, Esq., plaintiff, and Thomas Day, of Spaldwick, Esq. defendant, for the recovery of an estate in the county of Huntingdon, tried at the Assizes held there on Monday, July 31, 1797, before The Hon. Mr. Justice Heath, and a special jury. ..... Second edition. London: Henry Butterworth. 1823.

8vo., xi + (3) + 329pp., including the errata leaf, but possibly wanting a half-title, a little occasional and very minor soiling. Birmingham Law Society bookplate on pastedown (but no other library marks), contemporary green half calf over marbled boards, neatly rebacked to match, raised bands and label lettered in gilt. A very good copy.

Uncommon trial report, first published in 1820, reprinted in 1826*, concerning a disputed inheritance, the substitution of a baby, and general identity manipulation. The counsel for the plaintiff were led by Thomas Erskine (1750-1823), later to be Lord Chancellor, and for the defendant by Sir Simon Le Blanc (1748/9-1816) and by Sir William Garrow (1760-1840). The jury found for the defendant. * The 1826 edition calls this case "the Great Huntingdonshire cause".