An Important Event in the History of Freedom of the Press and Abolition [Trial]. Lincoln, William S., Reporter. Trow, John Fowler, Editor. Alton Trials: Of Winthrop S. Gilman, Who Was Indicted with Enoch Long, Amos B. Roff, George H. Walworth, George H. Whitney, William Harned, John S. Noble, James Morss, Jr., Henry Tanner, Royal Weller, Reuben Gerry, And Thaddeus B. Hurlbut; For the Crime of Riot, Committed on the Night of the 7th of November, 1837, While Engaged in Defending a Printing Press, From an Attack Made on It at That Time, By an Armed Mob. Written Out From Notes of the Trial, Taken at the Time, By a Member of the Bar of the Alton Municipal Court. Also, The Trial of John Solomon, Levi Palmer, Horace Beall, Josiah Nutter, Jacob Smith, David Butler, William Carr, And James M. Rock, Together with James Jennings, Solomon Morgan, And Frederick Bruchy; For a Riot Committed in Alton, On the Night of the 7th on November, 1837, in Unlawfully and Forcibly Entering the Warehouse of Godfrey, Gilman & Co., And Breaking Up and Destroying a Printing Press. Written out from notes taken at the time of trial, by William S. Lincoln. New York: Published by John F. Trow, 1838. [iv], -158,  pp. Lithographed frontispiece. Last page is a publisher's advertisement. 12mo. (7" x 4-1/4"). Original patterned cloth, gilt title to spine. A few minor dampspots to boards, spine ends and corners bumped and lightly worn, front hinge just starting at head. Light toning, somewhat heavier in places, occasion light foxing. $650. * Only edition. In 1837 a mob destroyed a printing establishment in Alton, Illinois that produced abolitionist tracts owned by Elijah Parish Lovejoy, an important abolitionist. He was killed while trying to defend his press. For many, Lovejoy was a martyr to the cause of free speech. Abolitionists said this event proved that slavery posed a danger to the liberties of all Americans. OCLC locates 11 copies in U.S. law schools. William Lincoln was a member of the Alton Bar. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 12163.
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