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COURT OF COMMON PLEAS Guildhall
Crim. con. Damages one thousand pounds!! The trial between Mr. Henry Wright, (purser of an indiaman), and Mr. Braham, (of musical celebrity), for criminal conversation with the plaintiff's wife, at the Court of Common Pleas, Guildhall, before Sir Vicary Gibbs, and a special jury, on Tuesday, July 23, 1816. Taken in short-hand.
London: published by John Fairburn, [1816].
16 p. ; 22.6 cm. (8°)

A scandal involving John Braham, the most celebrated tenor of his day whose long-standing relationship with the soprano Anna Selina [Nancy] Storace came to an acrimonious end in 1815 when Braham had an affair with a Mrs Wright, whose husband brought an action against the tenor for criminal conversation. Soane, a personal friend of Storace since he met the English-born singer in Italy during his grand tour, acted as intermediary between Braham and Storace in arranging the division of their property. (See Bolton, Portrait, p. 128; ODNB). A fuller version of the proceedings was also published at the time: The report of the trial for criminal conversation, Wright versus Braham, of the King's Theatre, in the Common Pleas, London, July 23, 1816; containing all the evidence, speeches of counsel, charge to the jury, and remarkable defence, verbatim. By an eminent short hand writer. With an introduction, and memoirs of Mr. Braham, printed for W. Hone, 1816.

Binding Bound in a numbered series of late 19th century half calf pamphlet volumes. (Archive, Trustees' Minutes 18 June 1866). With binder's stamp 'Bound By Mansell' on front pastedown.

Reference Number 1986


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