London: Printed for the Author; and Sold by M. Jones, 1, Paternoster-Row; and May be Had of All Booksellers in Town or Country, 1807. 1st, and only, edition published for the author. , 89, [1 (errata)] pp. Textblock trimmed. 8vo. 8" x 4-7/8". Bound in later stiff marbled paper wrappers. Age-toning to paper, early marginalia, mostly commenting on or highlighting divers aspects of the case. Title leaf adhesion to front cover. "1807" inked at top of t.p. A VG copy. Item #49542
Harmer was an English solicitor, involved in the investigation of miscarriages of justice, radical politics, and local government in London, where he served as an alderman. Dickens used him as a model for Jaggers, his character from Great Expectations. Here Harmer seeks to expose what he saw as a miscarriage of justice, as the two men were convicted through flimsy evidence and questionable witness testimony. The trial quite controversial, and the subsequent execution over over 40,000 people, 40 trampled to death during the proceedings.