June 1 – Middletown 366


The Great Jarvis Divorce Case

The Divorce Case–The great Jarvis Divorce case continues to excite great interest in Hartford. A correspondent of the New York Commercial Advertiser, under date of Hartford, June 1, says:

“Mr. Depeyster, from New York, the agent for the Doctor’s property in that city, was called to the stand yesterday morning, principally for the purpose of showing the amount of property in his agency, as the petitioner had laid his wealth at $100,000. His testimony was given with great apparent candor, force and promptness.

The next witness called was Mrs. Alexander Hamilton, of your city, now over ninety years of age. She appeared a very swift witness for the Doctor, relating, however, with much accuracy and precision, the events which happened during a long acquaintance with the doctor, and representing him the most kind, affectionate, affable and agreeable, and one of the best men, enforcing her testimony to the committee with much earnestness.

Next came Miss Christiana Jarvis, the younger daughter, who has taken sides with her father. She may, perhaps, be called less beautiful than her elder sister, but is said to be very amiable in her disposition, and much endeared to her acquaintances. She gave her testimony with less boldness of manner than her sister, but with great propriety of expression–clear, distinct, and with much feeling for both her parents. At one time her feelings gave way, and she swooned under them. It was soon, however, repressed, and she went on with her testimony, which related principally to events when they were in Sienna, Naples, and Rome, (Italy) much of which came in direct opposition to her sister’s previous testimony. In the cross-examination the counsel used her with much less severity.

Mrs. Jarvis exhibited some feeling during this witness’s testimony, but generally maintains great self-possession, watching with eager interest, taking notes, and communicating with her counsel through Mr. McCurdy. She is yet very beautiful, and appears not over thirty-five years of age.

Several other witnesses followed, the testimony of most of whom related to events which took place at Middletown, Conn., and also to the general good character of the Doctor.

At the close of the testimony of nearly every witness, General Terry, the doctor’s senior counsel, rose and put the question, “Was his (the doctor’s) spirit tyrannical, his temper violent, reckless and ungovernable?” which was generally answered in the negative. Mr. Sherman, however, intimated that the doctor has two characters, one for the public and one for his family, and when they had got Mrs. J.’s character low enough, they should call witnesses to build it up. Upon him (Mr. Sherman) will fall the lot to close the argument for the petitioner. This will probably be his last effort at the bar, as he has recently been called to the bench of the Superior Court by the Legislature, now in session.”

From The Sun (Baltimore, Maryland), Thursday, June 6, 1839.

Later that month …

Jarvis Divorce Case

The subscribers are the sole Agents for the sale of the Report of the above, in the following States, viz : N. Hampshire, Massachusetts, R. Island and Connecticut. All orders for the same will be punctually attended to. The Books will probably be ready at the close of this week.


Middletown, June 18.

From The Rutland Herald (Rutland, Vermont), July 2, 1839.


Diamond’s Girl Friend Thought Bandit at Store

Middletown, Conn., June 1.–A girl who helped two men hold up the Parkview Pharmacy Friday night has been identified from police circulars as Marion Roberts, red-haired show girl friend of Jack (Legs) Diamond, New York racketeer.

Miss Roberts has been sought as an accomplice of Diamond in the torture of Grover Parks, Catskill, N. Y., farmer.

From the Times Herald (Olean, New York), Monday, June 1, 1931.

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