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THE

ROMANCE OF THE FORUM;

OR,

NARRATIVES, SCENES, AND ANECDOTES

FROM COURTS OF JUSTICE.

Second Series.

BY

PETER BURKE, Esq.,

OF THE INNER TEMPLE, BARRISTER-AT-LAW,

AUTHOR OP

CELEBRATED TRIALS CONNECTED WITH THE ARISTOCRACY."

So shall you hear
Of cruel, bloody, and unnatural acts;
Of accidental judgments, casual slaughters;
Cf deaths put on by cunning and forced cause;
And, in this upshot, purposes mistook
Fall'n on the inventors' heads : all this can I
Truly deliver.

SHAKESPEARE.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

LONDON:
HURST AND BLACKETT, PUBLISHERS,
SUCCESSORS TO HENRY COLBURN,
13, GREAT MARLBOROUGH STREET.

1854.

226.6.64.

M. S. MYERS, PRINTER, 22, TAVISTOCK STREET, COVENT GARDEN

PREFACE.

THE favourable reception which the “ Romance of the Forum " has already met with, induces the production of a second series under the same title. The subject is one which may well be expanded : its interest, it is trusted, will increase in consequence of further extension. Not only is the truth often more wonderful than fiction, but it has greater variety also. The novelist, the romancist, and the poet, however able, find it hard, if not impossible, to avoid, in later efforts, a close resemblance to their prior works. Not so with these real records of waywardness and litigation. They never repeat themselves. The assertion may be safely ventured that each crime or cause narrated here displays some strange circumstance peculiar to itself—some startling novelty occurring in that instance only. Tam multe scelerum facies. There has indeed

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