The Liberty of the Press Vindicated and Truth Triumphant! State versus Ira Berry, for an Alleged [Lib]el on Cyrus Weston, the Nominal Complainant in the Prosecution, and the nominal Mover of the "Belgrade Resolutions:" Also a Delegate to the Federal State Convention, Holden in Augusta, June 26, 1832; and the Pitiful Instrument and Victim of the desperation and folly of the leaders of the Federal Party, in the County of Kennebec! [caption title]. Free Speech, Maine, Ira Berry.

The Liberty of the Press Vindicated and Truth Triumphant! State versus Ira Berry, for an Alleged [Lib]el on Cyrus Weston, the Nominal Complainant in the Prosecution, and the nominal Mover of the "Belgrade Resolutions:" Also a Delegate to the Federal State Convention, Holden in Augusta, June 26, 1832; and the Pitiful Instrument and Victim of the desperation and folly of the leaders of the Federal Party, in the County of Kennebec! [caption title].

[N. p., but Augusta, Maine: n. p., but likely the Augusta Age, 1832]. First edition. Unbound and stitched as issued, 10.5 x 6.38 inches, 20 pages, untrimmed. Small flaw to the first leaf, with loss of a few letters on both pages but no loss of sense; somewhat foxed and a bit soiled and somewhat worn; a very good copy. Item #19064

"Our readers have observed heretofore the occasions which constrained us to allude to the above-mentioned criminal prosecution against one of the editors and publishers of this paper." The Age, a fairly new Jacksonian weekly, was published in Augusta by Ira Berry and Frank Smith, taking over from the defunct Patriot; the paper had accused the politician Weston of having deserted twice during the War of 1812. Weston sued for libel, but Berry and his paper were vindicated. McCoy B-240.

Price: $450.00

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