Signed by the Author [Philadelphia]. Gibbons, Charles [1814-1884]. The Charges Against the Collector and Surveyor of the Port of Philadelphia. Reply of Charles Gibbons to the Argument of David Paul Brown, Esq. With an Appendix, Containing the Statement of the Hon. James Cooper, In Answer to the Narrative of William D. Lewis. [Philadelphia: s.n., 1851]. viii, 96 pp. Octavo (9" x 5-1/2"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in printed wrappers. Slight horizontal fold line, more noticeable in first half of text block. Light soiling to wrappers, light creasing to edges and chipping to spine, early inscription reading "Hon. J.H. Duncan, with the respects of, Charles Gibbons" to head of front wrapper, corners bumped. Light toning to interior, occasional light foxing. $350. * Only edition. Lewis was accused of fraud in his attempts to gain the position of Collector and Surveyor of the Port of Philadelphia, which he allegedly planned on making a lucrative position. The scandal appears to have mostly been a matter of Whig infighting, with several strident tracts issued by both sides. It is unclear from our research how the issue resolved. Both Gibbons and Brown [1795-1872] went on to distinguished legal careers and were known for their abolitionist efforts before and during the Civil War. Duncan may be James Henry Duncan [1793-1869], state senator and eventual Congressional representative from Massachusetts. OCLC locates 3 copies of this title in North American law libraries (Yale, Jenkins, University of Pennsylvania). Not in Cohen.
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