Libel in Worcester, Massachusetts [Trial]. Russell, Samuel [1798-1835], Plaintiff. Trial of the Action in Favor of the Rev. Samuel Russell of Boylston Against John Howe of Boylston, For Defamation: At the Supreme Judicial Court, Holden at Worcester, April, A.D. 1831. Worcester [MA]: Spooner and Church, Printers, 1831. 27 pp. Octavo (9-1/2" x 6"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in plain wrappers, untrimmed edges. Light soiling and moderate edgewear to wrappers, front wrapper partially detached. Moderate toning and light foxing to text, minor tears to edges of some leaves, internally clean. $450. * Only edition. "In protesting Russell's election to the school committee, Howe allegedly accused him of lying to a colleague about an exchange of church ministers. Russell sued for libel, but the jury found for the defendant. Russell's motion for a new trial was denied" [Cohen]. This pamphlet is a detailed summary of Russell's charges and the testimony of witnesses. Russell's motion for a new trial was based on an allegation that one of the jurors had improperly concealed a bias favoring Howe. This account contains the complete text of the court's opinion denying the motion. OCLC locates 10 copies, 4 in law libraries (Harvard, Library of Congress, Social Law, Yale). Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 12028.
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