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    After her arrest for her parent's murder, Lizzie Borden grants power of attorney to her sister

    Lizzie Borden Document Signed "Lizzie A. Borden". One page, 8" x 10.5", August 12, 1892, granting the power of attorney to her sister, Emma L. Borden. The document is dated just eight days after the axe murders of Lizzie's father, Andrew Borden and step-mother, Abby Borden. The document assigns Emma Borden the power "to let or lease any or all of my real estate and collect the rents thereof and eject tenants therefrom also, to surrender or cancel any existing lease therefore given by my deceased father Andrew J Borden and charge the tenants of any such lease and generally to care for and later possession of all my property real and personal including the drawing of checks and indorsing of the same and the drawing of every Savings Bank Deposits in the whole or in fact." The document is signed at the conclusion by Lizzie Borden and by Andrew J. Jennings, her attorney.

    Three years after the death of Lizzie and Emma's mother in 1863, Andrew Borden married Abby Durfee Gray. Lizzie had never been close to her step-mother, and always referred to her as "Mrs. Borden". On August 4, 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were found murdered, and Lizzie was arrested on August 11 as the only suspect in the case. Andrew Jennings had been the family's attorney for many years and stepped in to defend her. During his opening statement, which lasted a lengthy 38 minutes, he focused on Lizzie's strong relationship with her father, as well as her respectable qualities, such as church and volunteer work. He even made a personal plea based on his close relationship with the family. Although Lizzie Borden was acquitted, she was widely believed to be guilty; no one else was ever arrested or tried for the murders. After the trial, Lizzie and her sister remained in Fall River, despite being ostracized by the community. This document comes from a descendant of Andrew J. Jennings, and is being offered for the first time at auction here.

    Condition: Usual folds, with light toning at the folds on verso. Small spot of soiling at bottom right corner. Small, clean tear and fold at bottom left edge. Very fine condition.




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