The Trial of Michael Powars [sic], for the Murder of Timothy Kennedy, before the Supreme Court of Massachusetts, Boston, April 11, 1820. Murder, defendant Michael Powers, Irish-American.

The Trial of Michael Powars [sic], for the Murder of Timothy Kennedy, before the Supreme Court of Massachusetts, Boston, April 11, 1820.

Boston: Published by Thomas G. Bangs, 1820. First edition. 12mo, untrimmed sheets, stab-stitched with early (but likely unoriginal) coarse thread, 7.88 x 4.94 inches, 35 pages. Outer leaves somewhat stained, cheap paper toned throughout; small tears from the title page, with no loss of text; small flaw to one leaf touching the text but with no loss of sense; a good, sound copy. Item #18774

Early Irish immigrant violence in New England. Per McDade, “Even the great Daniel Webster could not save Powers, who was condemned for killing Kennedy with a broadax and burying him in the cellar. He was provoked because Kennedy would not pay for the passage money which Powers had advanced to bring him to this country.” Faint early ink ownership signature across the head of the title page. McDade 768; Sabin 12932.

Price: $650.00