Book #72659
A Letter to the Hon Josiah Quincy, Judge of the Municipal Court. Commonwealth v. Buckingham, Harrison G. Otis.

A Letter to the Hon Josiah Quincy, Judge of the Municipal Court...

A Notable Nineteenth-Century Massachusetts Libel Trial [Commonwealth v. Buckingham]. [Otis, Harrison Gray (1792-1827)]. A Letter to the Hon. Josiah Quincy, Judge of the Municipal Court, In the City of Boston, On the Law of Libel, As Laid Down by Him in the Case of Commonwealth vs. Buckingham. Boston: Wells and Lilly, 1823. 62, [2] pp. Includes 2 pp. publisher catalogue. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5"). Disbound stab-stitched pamphlet. Moderate toning, faint dampstaining to head of text block, light foxing to a few leaves, recent repair to head of title page with no loss to text. $450. * Only edition. This pamphlet relates to a notable nineteenth-century Massachusetts libel trial. "Joseph Buckingham, publisher of the New England Galaxy, was indicted on the charge of printing a libel on John Maffitt, a Methodist preacher (sometimes spelled Maffit). His defense was built on proving the truth of the alleged libel, and he was acquitted. Several works about the trial itself were published long after it took place; their intent was to damage Maffitt's reputation, as he was by then engaged in parochial conflicts. Maffitt's career was also a factor in a libel suit brought twenty-eight years later, in which his father-in-law, a judge, was sued by Maffitt's friend, the Reverend John C. Green" (Cohen). OCLC locates 6 copies in law libraries (Georgetown, Harvard,Library of Congress, LA County, Social Law, University of Florida). Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 13289.

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