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Harden, Jacob S., defendant. Life, confession, and letters of courtship of Rev. Jacob S. Harden of the M.E. Church, Mount Lebanon, Hunterdon Co., N.J. Eexecuted for the murder of his wife on the 6th of July 1860, at Belvidere, Warren Co., N.J. Hackettstown, NJ: E. Winton, printer, 1860. 8vo (24 cm, 9.5"). 48 pp., frontis. port. $375.00
Harden (1837-60) "poisoned his wife with arsenic after a fortuneteller had told him that she would not live long. His mother-in-law was the real cause of the crime for she hounded until he reluctantly married the girl, although there does not seem to have been any necessity that he do so" (MaDade).
Felcone adds that soon after he met Miss Louisa Dorland, "Louisa's mother was determined that her daughter would marry Harden, and, after encouraging them to spend nights together, she force the marriage. After several months of unhappiness, Harden poisoned his wife. He fled, was captured, tried, and hanged . . . before an immense crowd."
McDade, Annals of Murder, 438; Felcone, New Jersey Books 1698-1800. 838. Stitched, lacks the wrappers, the frontispiece portrait of Harden detached but present. Short tears in margins, dog-earring, tattering, waterstain, etc. Only good+ copy. This was a very cheaply printed production, hence the condition problems. (39252) Please RESHELVE This.
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