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Lot 1204/0217

Estimate: €100-200

Trial of Richard Burke (1862)

An interesting Collection of Documents concerning the Trial and Conviction of Richard Burke,
for 12 years Clerk of the Waterford Poor Law Union, on a charge of murdering his wie by the use of strychnine.
Includes two A.L.S. from Burke in Clonmel Gaol to R. Dobbyn of Waterford, June 1862, askin him for assistance with his defence; two A.L.S. from his solicitor John Prendergast of Clonmel (historian o the Cromwellian Settelement) mainly appealing for funds for the defence; a six pae legal opinion, unsigned, pointing to weaknesses in the case against Burke; a drat statement from ‘Iadies residing in the City of Waterford’ appealin for clemency; and a draft Memorial form ‘ the undersigned Magistrates, Clergy, Medical Doctors and Solictors and Gentry of the County and City of Waterford’ also appealin for clemency as recommended by the Jury, dated 7 August 1862, signed (only) by Robert Dobbyn. ‘We all expect Mercy and should ask such for others.’
The result of these representations is not recorded. As a collection, w.a.f. (1)

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