A Pastor Defends His Congregant Clark, Benjamin Franklin [1808-1879]. Alarming Developments Connected With Our Courts. The Wrong Member of Middlesex Bar, Convicted of Perjury, And the Means By Which it was Accomplished Exposed! By B.F. Clark, Pastor of the Congregational Church and Society in North Chelmsford, Ms. Boston: Printed by Bense & Morgan, 1828. 38,  pp. Octavo (9" x 5-1/2"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in printed wrappers. Very light soiling and a few spots to wrappers, light edgewear, including a few chips to spine ends. Light toning to interior, occasional light foxing, a few pages uncut, errata slip pasted to final leaf. $250. * Only edition. After some confusion over the details of a loan, Samuel Parker, a former lawyer and member of Reverend Clark's congregation, was convicted of perjury in October 1848 (Commonwealth v. Parker). Clark took to the court of public opinion to defend Parker, and his success inspired him to remain involved in public affairs, culminating in two stints as a Massachusetts state senator in 1868 and 1870. Cohen, Bibliography of American Law 13742.
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