Documents relating to the Trial of Elizabeth Nixon and Elizabeth Davies at Stafford in 1826 for poisoning the bastard child of the former.
A collection of 9 folio documents connected with the Prosecution's Case in a Trial for Murder, with some receipt slips. Tape ties; some old folds & dusting.
The barrister Sir William Oldnall Russell, c.1784-1833, a distinguished criminal lawyer, was prosecutor in this case at the Staffordshire Lent Assizes 1826, where Elizabeth Nixon and Elizabeth Davies from Leek in Staffordshire were charged with poisoning with laudanum the former's bastard child by the latter's husband in 1825. Documents preserved are: Rough Drafts of the Indictment, March 4, 6pp. & March 6, 8pp. with docket titles; Copy of the Examination of witness Sarah Hathersmith before the magistrate Richard Badnall November 20, 1825 4pp, with note it was resworn before the Coroner on 22nd, and with a copy of 9 statements of other witnesses to the Coroner Thomas Sparrow on 22nd; Instructions for the Indictment by William Russell 27 Feb 1826, 8 (i.e. 7)pp; full text and fair copy of the Brief for the Prosecution, 9 March 1826, 12 & 13pp; lists and various receipts for expenses connected with the trial for both prosecution & defence including travel and accommodation. The result of the trial is not indicated; the expenses mention conveyance to gaol which may be before the trial, and the two women do not appear in the list of hangings at Stafford. Official records reveal that Elizabeth Nixon was acquitted but Elizabeth Davies was sentenced to imprisonment in 1833, presumably for another crime.
Author MANUSCRIPT. NIXON, Elizabeth & DAVIES, Elizabeth.