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Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Unfortunate Malefactor

There are some treasures of maritime history within online collections related to the law. You can find a broadside describing the trial and execution of William Donovan for mutiny and murder at Dying Speeches & Bloody Murders, Harvard Law School Library's Crime Broadsides Project.

And, from there, don't miss the link they provide to the online Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London, 1674 to 1834--you can search the proceedings by crime, and to find "Piracy" or "Returning from transportation," pop open the "Specific Criminal Act" list. And to search for ships, use the keyword search option and pop open the "Search in" list and select "Crime location"--you can even just put in the word "ship!" (And Rumpole fans, take note, you can turn up Timsons if you search for them by "Defendent surname!")

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