A Particular and Exact Account of the Trial of Mary Compton, the Bloody and most Cruel Midwife of Poplar.

(Infanticide.) [Compton (Mary)]

A Particular and Exact Account of the Trial of Mary Compton, the Bloody and most Cruel Midwife of Poplar.

As also of her Maid, Mary Compton the Younger, who were both Arraigned in one Indictment for Felony and Murder, in Destroying, Starving to Death, and Famishing several Poor Infant Babies: As also Ann Davis as Accessary.

Description: two columns, printed on both sides of single sheet, upper and lower edge frayed affecting upper line and last two lines of text, pp. 2, bifolio, gutter margin with binding needle holes and short tear, fore-margin, upper and lower edges with a few nicks, good

Publication Details: Printed for Richard Baldwin, near the Oxford-Arms in Warwick Lane, 1693

Notes: The account of the notorious trial itself, in which the midwife, recently arrived in Poplar, Stepney, is accused of the murder of four children, including one of her own, appears to revel in striking and macabre detail. From the reported speech of a 7-year-old boy in Compton's charge, '"Why," says the Boy. "There is one Child, a Brother of mine, lies dead in the cellar,"' to the unfortunate description of unwrapping an infant corpse, '..the clothes dragged the Ears along with it,' the jury are not spared and much is made of maggots and vermin. The maid was acquitted, Ann Davis found guilty and...more

Bibliography: (ESTC R181482)

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Price: £1,500

Subject: Law

Published Date: 1693

Stock Number: 68121

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