CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN SUFFOLK UNDER THE COVENTRY ACT

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The tryal and condemnation of Arundel Coke alias Cooke Esq;

TRIAL: Arundel COKE,, The tryal and condemnation of Arundel Coke alias Cooke Esq; and of John Woodburne labourer, for felony, in slitting the nose of Edward Crispe Gent. Contrary to the 22 & 23 Car. II. cap. 1. intitled, An Act to prevent malicious Maiming and Wounding; who were found guilty at the Assizes held before the Right Honourable Sir Peter King Knt. Lord Chief Justice of his Majesty's Court of Common Pleas, at Bury St. Edmonds [sic], Tuesday the 13th of March 1721* and received sentence the day following. London: printed for John Darby, ..... and Daniel Midwinter. 1722.

folio, 16 + *17 - *18 + 17 - 37 + (1)pp., final leaf bound in reverse order and with small marginal restoration, two or three brown spots on imprimatur leaf and title-page, well bound recently in cloth, spine lettered in gilt. A very good large copy.

First edition.

A minor but interesting landmark case in which the two accused were convicted under legislation known as the Coventry Act which had made wounding and maiming to be a felony and thus a capital offence. Coke and Woodburne were both convicted and were hanged at Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk, Coke, at his own request, at 4 o'clock in the morning. They were the first to be executed under the Coventry Act. * i.e. 1722.