Item #339388 A Report of the trial of Arthur Hodge, Esquire, (late one of the members of His Majesty's Council for the Virgin-Islands) at the island of Tortola, on the 25th April, 1811, and adjourned to the 29th of the same month, for the murder of his Negro man slave named Prosper. A. M. Belisario.
A Report of the trial of Arthur Hodge, Esquire, (late one of the members of His Majesty's Council for the Virgin-Islands) at the island of Tortola, on the 25th April, 1811, and adjourned to the 29th of the same month, for the murder of his Negro man slave named Prosper
A Report of the trial of Arthur Hodge, Esquire, (late one of the members of His Majesty's Council for the Virgin-Islands) at the island of Tortola, on the 25th April, 1811, and adjourned to the 29th of the same month, for the murder of his Negro man slave named Prosper
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Landmark Trial of a Master for the Murder of his Slave

A Report of the trial of Arthur Hodge, Esquire, (late one of the members of His Majesty's Council for the Virgin-Islands) at the island of Tortola, on the 25th April, 1811, and adjourned to the 29th of the same month, for the murder of his Negro man slave named Prosper.

Middletown, CT: Tertius Dunning, 1812.

First American edition. 186pp. Uncut. 12mo. Landmark Trial of a Master for the Murder of his Slave. Later calf, very worn, spine perished. Title tipped at the gutter to the endpaper and stained American Imprints 24790; LCP Afro-Americana, Suppl. 1080. Not in Blockson. Item #339388

Hodge, a Tortola plantation owner, was tried and hanged for the brutal flogging and abandonment of his slave, Prosper, who was left to die without aid over a week's period. For Hodge’s lawyers to assert “that a negro, being property, it was no greater offence in law for his owner to kill him, than it would be to kill his dog” [p. 77], was surely a major tactical error. The case is further extraordinary in that the prosecution's chief witness was a free black woman, Perreen Georges, despite the fact that it was illegal for a black to testify against a white. Hodge was convicted and hanged; the case contributed to the abolition of slavery in the British West Indies. Rare.

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