Early U.S. Navy Court Martial [Trial]. Abbot, Joel [1793-1855], Defendant. Trial of Lieutenant Joel Abbot by the General Naval Court Martial, Holden on Board the U.S. Ship Independence, at the Navy Yard, Charlestown, Massachusetts, on Allegations Made Against Him, by Capt. David Porter, Navy Commissioner. Printed From the Official Record on File in the Navy Department. Washington: Printed and Published by Davis and Force, 1822. 152 pp. Octavo (9" x 6"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in plain wrappers, contemporary hand-lettered label to front board, uncut edges. Moderate rubbing with wear to corners and spine ends, front cover just beginning to detach at head. Several uncut signatures, light browning and occasional light foxing to text. Small inkstain to title page, interior otherwise clean. $125. * First edition, issued the same year as the Boston imprint published by Russell and Gardiner. With an appendix containing texts of documents relating to irregularities at the Boston naval station and the misconduct of the naval agent, Amos Binney. Abbott was a decorated naval officer who fought under Commodore Rogers on the frigate President during the War of 1812. "In March 1822...he discovered a series of frauds upon the government... [and] made very serious charges against his commandant, Captain Isaac Hull. Failing to prove these accusations when brought before a court-martial, Abbot was suspended from the naval service for the period of two years.": Dictionary of American Biography 1:14. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 13395.
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