The trial at large of Mary Heath on an indictment for perjury

Concerns the perjury trial of Mary Heath, who was employed by Lord Altham, pertaining to whether or not Lady Altham, his wife, bore him a son and test the claim of James Annesley to be the legitimate son of Arthur, Lord Altham.

  • AuthorHeath, Mary, defendant.
  • TitleThe trial at large of Mary Heath on an indictment for perjury at the Court of King’s-Bench in Ireland before the Right Honourable Thomas Marlay, Esq., Lord Chief Justice … on Friday the 8th day of February, in Hillary-Term, 1744 … / by a gentleman of the law.
  • PublishedLondon : Printed for H. Pemberton … and sold by James Roberts …, 1745.

Catalog Record

Quarto 523 H438 745

Acquired December 2016

The balance of justice

“From the opposite ends of a horizontal balance hang (left) a triangle from which are suspended the corpses of thirteen sailors, and (right) the body of a military officer in uniform (Governor Wall); all have bandaged eyes. The balance hangs in front of a stone building, in the centre of which is an open door showing men seated at a council table, a messenger stands in the doorway giving a dispatch box marked ‘GR’ to another messenger, saying, “Deliver this Immediatly He must Die.” The pilastered doorway is inscribed: ‘Justitiae Soror Fides’; above it are kneeling statues of Truth and Justice; between them they support an inscribed tablet: ‘It is determined that British Justice shall never be Stained by Partiality, while the poor & ignorant suffer for their Folly the Rich shall also suffer for their Brutality and Infamy.’ On the wall are two placards: (left) ‘An Account of the Mutiny’, and (right) ‘A Full True and Particular Account of the Trial of . . . For the Murder of. . .’ This is headed by a print of a man being tied to a cannon and flogged, while an officer looks on and soldiers stand at attention.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Title: The balance of justice [graphic] : NB in a few days will be published the old gunner lashed to the shrouds.
  • Published: [London: Pud. March 3d 1802 by S.W. Fores, 50 Piccadilly, 3 March 1802]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

802.03.03.01+

Acquired November 2013