Excerpt from The American Practitioner, 1874, Vol. 10: A Monthly Journal of Medicine and Surgery
For the time she was evidently beside herself. Mr. Clay made this point in his argument before the jury with great effect. If Polly Bullitt, said he, were now before you on a trial for the murder of that child, which she had the will to commit, could you find her guilty? Could you say that she was a rational, accountable being? And if not capable of discerning between right and wrong, if not responsible in such a case as this, was she capable of making a will? The jury was not able to agree; several were for breaking the will, and the case was compromised.
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