Halifax and its gibbet-law placed in a true light. Together with a description of the town [ ] With an account of the gentry [ ] To which are added, the unparallel’d tragedies committed by Sir John Eland, of Eland.

MIDGLEY, Samuel

Published by P. Darby for John Bentley, Halifax, 1761
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Small 8vo. pp. [4], 95, [1]. With frontispiece illustration of the Halifax gibbet. Bound in full period sheep with gilt spine; rubbing and wear to extremities; head cap and front hinge are neatly restored. Several worn spots on the spine are touched up and a few gilt lines are repaired. Interior contains light age-toning and some spots of foxing. Name plate present on inside front cover with name rubbed off. This book was first published in 1708. According to Upcott the author was a physician named Dr. Samuel Midgley, "who wrote it while in Halifax jail for debt, where he died in 1695. His poverty prevented his printing it; and John Bentley (under whose name the volume is generally known), who was Clerk of Halifax Church, claimed the hounor of it after his death." Chapter I contains a description of town customs and traditions; chapter II discusses the laws of Halifax and defends the Gibbet Law which states that any felon caught with stolen commodities valued at thirteen pence half-penny shall, following his condemnation, be led to the town gibbet and have his head cut off; chapter III offers a narrative of trying felons in Halifax. The second part of the book contains a separate title page "Revenge upon revenge: or, an historical narrative of the tragical practices of Sir John Eland, of Eland, High Sheriff of the County of York " (Halifax, 1761), which recounts some of the misdeeds surrounding the "Elland Feud," particularly the murder of Sir Robert Beaumont by Sir John Eland and the subsequent killing of Eland by Beaumont’s son.[ESTC T33073; Upcott, p.1392; Halkett & Laing III, p.2]. Bookseller Inventory # 000500

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Title: Halifax and its gibbet-law placed in a true ...

Publisher: P. Darby for John Bentley, Halifax

Publication Date: 1761

Binding: Hardcover

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