A Very Scarce 1808 English Libel Case Relating to One of Wellington's Generals [Trial]. Draper, Edward Alured [1776-1841], Defendant. The Trial of Lieutenant Colonel Edward Alured Draper, Of the Third Regiment of Foot Guards, In the Court of King's Bench, On Monday, The 29th of June, 1807, Before the Right Hon. Lord Ellenborough and a Special Jury, For a Libel Against the Right Hon. John Sullivan. Taken in Short Hand by Mr. Adams. London: Printed by D. Jaques, 1808. vii, 179 pp. Octavo (8-5/8" x 5-3/8"). Later library cloth, red and black calf lettering pieces and a bit of residue from paper location label to spine. Light soiling, corners bumped, light fading to spine. Moderate toning to text, "110442" in early hand to verso of half-title, two faint library stamps to title page. $850. * Only edition. Draper was charged with libel for distributing a statement against a witness in a trial against his superior officer, General Sir Thomas Picton. A distinguished but controversial general, Picton was accused of using torture while serving as the military governor of Trinidad, charges that were dismissed. Draper claimed that Sullivan, a colonial official, lied under oath. Draper lost his case and served a three-month sentence, but went on to have a distinguished career as an officer and civil servant in Mauritius. OCLC locates 2 copies worldwide (Social Law, and Yale University). Not in COPAC or the Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School (1909).
Book number 68448