Privateer, Or Pirate? [Trial]. Smith, William, Defendant. Murphy, D.F., Reporter. The Jeff. Davis Piracy Cases. Full Report of the Trial of William Smith for Piracy, As One of the Crew of the Confederate Privateer, The Jeff Davis. Before Judges Grier and Cadwalader, In the Circuit Court of the United States, For the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Held at Philadelphia, In October, 1861. Philadelphia: King & Baird, Printers, 1861. [ii], 7-100 pp. Text in parallel columns. Octavo (9-1/4" x 5-3/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into later three-quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt title to spine, endpapers added. Moderate toning to pamphlet, light rubbing to edges of text block with minor wear, light soiling to wrappers, owner signature of Charles James Faulkner to front wrapper and title page. An appealing copy of a scarce title. $1,500. * Only edition. "In the Jeff Davis Piracy Cases the United States brought suit against members of the crew of that ship as pirates, not recognizing her as the privateer of an independent warring nation. William Smith was in charge of one of her prizes, the Enchantress, when she was retaken by the U.S. gunboat, the Albatross" (Sabin). The crew was found guilty, but the crew wasn't punished because the Confederacy threatened reprisals against captured Union personnel. Faulkner [1806-1884] was a planter, lawyer and politician from Morgan County, Virginia, after 1863 West Virginia, who served in both houses of the Virginia General Assembly and as a U.S. Congressman for Virginia and West Virginia. OCLC locates 11 copies, 4 in law libraries (Harvard, Notre Dame, Social Law, University of Pennsylvania ). Sabin, A Dictionary of Books Relating to America 84728.
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