8vo, pp. viii, 155,  blank; with six folding plates containing facsimiles of manuscript letters; some light dampstaining to gutters, occasional spotting, but largely clean; uncut in contemporary boards, old reback with gilt-lettered morocco label on spine; some light wear, but still an attractive copy.
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The cause of truth defended; being a plain statement of the facts connected with the two trials of the Rev. T. Hill, Methodist preacher, for defamation of the character of Miss Bell, of North-Shields, containing a correct report of the trial at York, and other matter relative thereto, illustrated by fac-similes of three different hand-writings of Mr Hill.
Only edition of this account of the case of Thomas Hill, a Methodist minister in North Shields accused of libelling a member of his congregation, which led to trials in Newcastle and York, and became a local cause célèbre. Hill was accused of having sent letters to the fiancé of Jane Bell that cast sufficient doubt on her probity as to cause him to break off their engagement. Over the course of the trials, many witnesses spoke on Bell’s behalf, including many Methodist tradesmen, but what sets this account apart is the inclusion of facsimiles of Hill’s letters, which were used to demonstrate that they were indeed the work of his hand.
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