The Trial of the Suffragette Leaders
Strand, London; The Woman's Press. [October 1908].
First edition; 8vo; original illustrated printed wrappers with photographic illustration depicting "Inspector Jarvis reading the Warrant"; 48pp; portrait of Emmeline Pankhurst. Together with a sheet of draft notes by the magistrate, Curtis Bennett, possibly for the summing up in the trial, with deletions and amendments, 2 pages, on embossed 'Police Court Bow Street' paper. A scarce pamphlet containing a full account of the 1908 trial of Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst, and Flora Drummond, which took place on October 14th to 24th. It includes statements from those involved (beginning with a long speech by Christabel Pankhurst), the evidence of the witnesses, Christabel's cross-examination of David Lloyd George, and the final summing up and sentencing by the Magistrate, Curtis Bennett. His notes indicate he was in no doubt that the handbill published by the Women's Social and Political Union had served to incite large crowds "to assemble in public to commit a "wrongful and illegal act" by 'rushing' the House of Commons, thus causing breach of the peace. Very good some soiling, chip to edge of lower cover and foot of spine.