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Item #79019 The Trial of Joseph Gerrald, Delegate from the London Corresponding. Trial, Joseph Gerrald.
The Trial of Joseph Gerrald, Delegate from the London Corresponding...
The Trial of Joseph Gerrald, Delegate from the London Corresponding...
The Trial of Joseph Gerrald, Delegate from the London Corresponding...

The Trial of Joseph Gerrald, Delegate from the London Corresponding...

Copy of an Account of an Anti-Radical Crackdown that Belonged to Benjamin F. Butler [Trial]. Gerrald, Joseph [1763-1796]. The Trial of Joseph Gerrald, Delegate from the London Corresponding Society, To the British Convention. Before the High Court of Justiciary at Edinburgh, On the 3d, 10th, 13th, And 14th of March, 1794. For Sedition. Taken in Short-Hand by Mr. Ramsey. New York: Printed and Sold by Samuel Campbell, No. 124, Pearl-Street, 1794. 207, [1] pp. With a frontispiece portrait of Gerrald. Octavo (7-3/4" x 4-3/4"). Contemporary quarter calf over plain paper-covered boards, gilt fillets and hand-lettered title to spine, edges dyed yellow. Light rubbing to boards, a few faint stains to front board, moderate rubbing to extremities, front joint starting at head, corners lightly worn, hinges cracked, later pencil notes to front free endpaper, which has a small clean tear at fore-edge affecting annotations, later bookplate (of H. Scofield) to its verso. Moderate toning to interior, light foxing in a few places, faint offsetting from frontispiece, early owner signature of Benjamin F. Butler to head of title page. $950. * First American edition. Gerrald, a radical political activist and reformer, was a member of the Society for Constitutional Information and the London Corresponding Society. During a wave of prosecutions of radical activists after the French Revolution, Gerrald was arrested along with four of his colleagues and tried for sedition. Like others carried out during this time, the trials resulted in guilty verdicts; the group of Scottish activists tried between 1793 and 1794 are often referred to as the "Scottish Martyrs." Gerrald was sentenced to fourteen years' transportation and died in 1796 in Botany Bay. Other American editions were published by Campbell the same year. Remembered today as a general in the U.S. Army during the Civil War, Butler [1818-1893] was a leading Massachsetts trial lawyer who practiced in Lowell and Boston. Later, he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he played a central role in the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson, and governor of Massachusetts. Not in Cohen. Evans, American Bibliography 27591.

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