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The trial of William Lord Byron, Baron Byron of Rochdale, for the murder of William Chaworth, Esq; before the right honourable the House of Peers, in Westminster Hall, in full parliament. On Tuesday the 16th, and Wednesday the 17th of April, 1765: On the last of which days the said William Lord Byron was acquitted of murder, but found guilty of manslaughter. Published by order of the House of Peers.
Only edition of this comprehensive account of the murder trial of William Lord Byron, great uncle of the poet, in front of the House of Lords. Byron was accused (the facts of the matter were in little doubt) of the murder in a duel of his cousin, William Chaworth, in a dispute over the number of game birds on their respective estates. The Lords rejected the charge of murder, convicting Byron instead of manslaughter; Byron paid a small fine, and thenceforth revelled in his notoriety.
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