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The Perreaus and Mrs. RuddForgery and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century London$
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Donna Andrew

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520220621

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520220621.001.0001

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Mrs. Rudd on Trial

Mrs. Rudd on Trial

(p.218) Nine Mrs. Rudd on Trial
The Perreaus and Mrs. Rudd

Donna T. Andrew

Randall McGowen

University of California Press

This chapter discusses Mrs. Rudd's trial which opened on December 8, 1775, and attracted a large crowd. It notes that the trial lasted from nine in the morning until almost eight in the evening and the prosecution, conducted by William Lucas, Henry Howarth, and Murphy, presented a less than persuasive case; the defense shared between Serjeant Davy, Thomas Davenport, and Cowper, was alternately hectoring and humorous. It observes that the trial fell into three distinct acts, almost like a stage play: first the presiding judge, Aston, addressed Mrs. Rudd, telling her why she was on trial and informing her of the opinion of the twelve judges; second, the prosecution presented its witnesses and laid out its case; and, finally, Mrs. Rudd's anticipated defense which proved an anticlimax.

Keywords:   Mrs. Rudd's trial, prosecution, William Lucas, Henry Howarth, Murphy, defense, Serjeant Davy, Thomas Davenport, Cowper, Aston

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