PRISON LESS HARSH THAN THE PILLORY

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The remarkable tryal of Thomas Chandler,

WISE, Edward, The remarkable tryal of Thomas Chandler, late of Clifford's Inn, London, Gent. Who was tried and convicted at the Lent Assizes at Reading, 1750, before Mr. Baron Clive, for wilful and corrupt perjury, in swearing that he was robbed of fifteen Bank Notes of the value of 960.5 guineas in gold, 20s and upwards in silver, and a silver watch, on the 24th of March 1747, between Hare-Hatch and Twyford in Berkshire, in the road to Reading, by three men on foot. To which is added, ...... an introductory account of the life of the said Mr. Chandler, from the time of his going clerk to an attorney, to the time of his conviction, and of the several steps taken by the prosecutors in order to bring him to justice. Reading: printed and sold by C. Micklewright: sold also by J. Newbery. 1751.

8vo., (2) + 68pp., recent marbled boards lettered on spine. A very good copy.

First edition.

A brilliantly detailed report of the devious and colourful history and eventual trial of this mid-18th century criminal as reported by Edward Wise "Gent. Attorney at Law at Wokingham, Berks." Chandler was found guilty. "The sentence pronounced on the prisoner was, "To be set in the Pillory the next Market-Day at Reading, from twelve to one of the clock, and afterwards to be transported for seven years: But before the judge left the town, the former part of the sentence was changed into three months' imprisonment; they being apprehensive, that in case the prisoner had been set in the pillory, he would have been murder'd by the enraged populace".