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IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, IN AND FOR THE CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO. GEORGE W. TYLER, PLAINTIFF, vs. ANNIE A. PRATT, DEFENDANT. ARGUMENT OF MR. ALFRED A. COHEN, COUNSEL FOR PLAINTIFF. [wrapper title].

Cohen, Alfred A.:

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San Francisco: Francis & Valentine, 1877. 61pp. Original printed wrappers. Wrappers with small chips along the edges and spine, large chip in lower outer corner of front wrapper (not affecting text). Very clean internally. Very good. Alfred A. Cohen, a prominent San Francisco attorney, railroad promoter, and leader in the city's early Jewish community, delivers an impressive and witty argument to the jury in favor of his client, George W. Tyler. Tyler had represented Annie Pratt in her 1877 divorce from Judge Orville C. Pratt, a proceeding that resulted in Annie Pratt being awarded more than $700,000. Judge Pratt, who had been caught having an affair, agreed to the large settlement to keep the matter quiet. The details came out in this case, however, when Tyler had to sue the former Mrs. Pratt to collect his fee. Cohen's jury argument is a tour de force, saying of the rambunctious Judge Pratt, for example, that "age should chill the fevered blood of youth, but in Judge Pratt's case his hot pulse seemed to defy the frosts of the winter of age. In this beneficent climate of ours it would seem that the passions are as rank as our other productions.In public he was Socrates, lecturing the youth of Athens. In private he was Priapus on a rampage, or Satyr, capering and whinnying among the fawns." Tyler was eventually awarded $10,000 for his services in the divorce; the fee that Cohen received for his silver-tongued oratory is unknown. Rocq and OCLC locate a total of ten copies. ROCQ 12539. OCLC 12803078. Bookseller Inventory # 1725

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Title: IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE FOURTH JUDICIAL...

Binding: Original wraps

Book Condition:Very good

Edition: 1st Edition

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