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Annie's trial in 1895 - solicitor's letter

Annie was charged with the manslaughter of Mary Bryant in January 1895 and stood trial in April of that year. Annie gave written statements and verbal evidence during the trial, something that is not usually found in later court papers. Mary died from blood poisoning several weeks after giving birth to a premature baby. Annie denied taking part in any abortion Mary may have undergone and even claimed in her own testimony she was "not a competent midwife or nurse" (p.65). Annie portrays herself as having been dragged into Mary's illness due to local knowledge that she sometimes acted as a midwife and nurse. Annie was found not guilty as most of the evidence was based on hearsay because Mary was dead. This was a common problem for Police trying to prosecute abortion related deaths - the lack of evidence saved Annie from many more trials in future years. This is a letter from Annie's solicitor to the Attorney General regarding bail for Annie while she awaited her trial. From NRS 880 [9/6909] Case #2, 1895
Annie's trial in 1895 - solicitor's letter
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