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By Michael Grossberg

A Judgment for Solomon tells the tale of the d'Hauteville case, a debatable baby custody conflict fought in 1840. It makes use of the tale of 1 couple's sour struggle over their son to discover a few timebound and undying good points of yankee felony tradition. This eagerly trial sparked a countrywide debate over the criminal rights and tasks of mum and dad, husbands and better halves. The d'Hauteville case explains why well known trials turn into "precedents of criminal experience"-- mediums for debates approximately hugely contested social matters. It additionally demonstrates the facility of person men and women to give a contribution to criminal switch via turning to the legislation to struggle for what they need.

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Meanwhile, Gonzalve had presented himself to Henry C. De Rham, the Swiss counsul in New York and a family friend. De Rham, a prominent New York lawyer, would henceforth serve as Gonzalve's principal legal advisor and oversee a growing legion of attorneys. De Rham and his other lawyers began blending their professional counsel with Gonzalve's increasingly well-developed sense of his legal rights as a husband and father. After considering his options, Gonzalve set off for Boston. He 30 A Judgment for Solomon tried to find her first at the Searses' Beacon Street mansion and then at their summer home at Nahant on Boston's north shore.

It is a 24 A Judgment for Solomon principle with me, that a woman who opposes herself to the opinions dictated by the heart of her husband, conducts herself ill with regard to him, acts in opposition to a tender conscience and to God; that she does not fulfil her vow made at the altar, to place the delicacy of her husband in security . . " Explaining that he wrote not in anger but to inform David of his position, Gonzalve wanted to know when he would be able to bring Ellen back to Hauteville. "56 The Swiss husband's words exposed the yawning gap between his wife's conviction that a marriage must be one of mutuality and his equally fervent belief that a husband must have complete mastery of his home and its dependents.

Shall I be most happy!! If a frightful misfortune await me, I shall repeat, that I have done my duty. "23 Entering the Law's Shadow 13 She was restored to him. Once again, though, their versions of the reconciliation diverged dramatically. Ellen explained that Magnus's description of his son's wretchedness made her realize that Gonzalve's release had not been genuine. The would-be bride recalled feeling trapped yet again. She finally decided that her personal code of honor and responsibility demanded that her nuptial pledge be fulfilled.

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