Lowell, Mass. Printed for the Author, 1848. First edition. 8vo, unbound pamphlet (stitching perished), 22 pages. Partially unopened. Somewhat dust-soiled and a trifle chipped; old folds as though from mailing; in good condition. Item #16630
Huntington, who had served as district attorney in Northern Massachusetts, answers charges that he and a judge had conspired to frame a North Chelmsford attorney for perjury. Rev. Benjamin Franklin Clark had evidently felt a duty to defend the convicted attorney (a church member), both to avenge wrong-doing and to save his church's reputation; he evidently did so with some vehemence. This pamphlet collects Huntington's two responses to Clark from the pages of local papers, printed here in double columns; he uses a mixture of legal argument, common sense and Clark's alleged ineptitude: "This is *mere idiocy.* If I had a boy ten years of age, capable of reading and of ordinary capacity, and he should extract such miserable nonsense as this, from any thing I had written, I should think it evidence of such gross carelessness, that he would deserve a severe whipping." Sabin 33944.