The Manchester Tragedy! Or, the Death of Jonas L. Parker (Ca. 1850 unrecorded song sheet). Song Sheet.
The Manchester Tragedy! Or, the Death of Jonas L. Parker (Ca. 1850 unrecorded song sheet)

The Manchester Tragedy! Or, the Death of Jonas L. Parker (Ca. 1850 unrecorded song sheet)

NP: NP, Ca. 1850. 8.25 x 6 inches, good to very good, some foxing and light soil, red wax spots on verso by which it had been affixed to an album. Not in OCLC and not in Wolf's "American Song Sheets, Slip Ballads, and Poetical Broadsides" (1963), nor in the LOC's America Singing: 19th Century Song Sheets collection. The Murder by Gaslight website gives the following account of the murder of Jonas Parker: "Jonas L. Parker, a resident and tax-collector of Manchester, N. H., was enticed from his home one dark night in March, 1845, and murdered. His body was found the next day near some woods on the outskirts of town, the throat cut and a deep gash in the hip. A shoe knife and razor lay by his side, left by the murderer, who hoped to leave the impression of suicide. A watch and about $2000 were found in the victim’s pockets. The case attracted wide attention and for four years no evidence was found to implicate anybody. Finally in 1849 it leaked out that Parker had visited Saco, Me., a few days before his murder with the object of buying a hotel. There he met Henry T. Wentworth, to whom he explained his visit and showed a large sum of money he had about him. So Henry T. Wentworth, his brother Asa and his wife were arrested on suspicion and tried at Saco in February 1849. For lack of evidence the judge dismissed the case. Suspicious and slight circumstantial evidence, however continued to accumulate, and in May, 1850, the Wentworths were again arrested and taken to Manchester for trial. Gen. Butler and Franklin Pierce, afterwards president of the United States, appeared for the defendants. The trial lasted 12 days. The accused were again acquitted and since then the matter has rested, the Wentworth family being suspected all the same of having done the deed." If we had to guess, this song sheet was published within weeks after the trial in May 1850. Good. Item #H19184

Price: $250.00

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