1816.114: Report of the Trials of Capt. Thomas Wells.

Published: 1816

Full Title: Report of the trials of Capt. Thomas Wells, before the County Court of Nottoway; sitting as an examining court, at the August term, 1816--charged with feloniously and maliciously shooting, with intent to kill Peter Randolph, Esq. judge of the 5th Circuit; and Col. Wm. C. Greenhill. By a member of the bar.

Author: Spooner, Alden Burton (1788-1853).

Place Issued: Petersburg

Issuing Press: Marvel W. Dunnavant

Description: 96 pgs.; (8vo).


Wells was charged with the unprovoked shooting of both Randolph and Greenhill in April 1816; he was acquitted of both charges when testimony proved that the well-armed pair had entered Wells's home uninvited with the intention of chastising him for publishing a letter that was highly critical of Randolph's conduct after having been appointed to the court. Introductory note [p. 7-8] is signed "Petersburg, 25th November, 1816. A.B.S." leading to the identification of Spooner as reporter of these two cases; Dunnavant entered a copyright for the work on October 29, 1816.

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