A Pastor Defends His Congregant Clark, Benjamin Franklin [1809-1879]. The Perjury Case! Further Developments. Mr. Clark's Replies to the Letters of George F. Farley, And Ashael Huntington, Esq's. Boston: Printed for the Publisher, 1848. 16 pp. Octavo (9-1/2" x 5-3/4"). Disbound stab-stitched pamphlet, bottom edge untrimmed, last signature unopened. Moderate toning, light foxing to margins, faint offsetting to a few leaves, first leaf detached. $350. * Only edition. "Samuel Parker, a member of the Middlesex bar, was indicted and convicted of perjury in the Court of Common Pleas in 1845, for statements made before two grand juries relating to a mortgage loan. The conviction was later set aside by the Supreme Judicial Court and a new trial ordered" (Cohen). Parker was a member of Reverend Benjamin Franklin Clark's congregation; Clark took to the court of public opinion to defend him in this and two other strident publications. Farley and Huntington were the lead prosecutors in the case. OCLC locates 3 copies of this rare title (New York Historical Society, American Antiquarian Society, Duke University) and 2 others with a possible variant spelling in the title (Harvard, Yale Law School). Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 13745.
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