Mansfield, Ohio: L. D. Meyers & Brother, Book and Job Printers, 1874. Second edition. Some light foxing and soiling; a few light old creases; in very good condition. Item #19791
“I commenced the investigation with the confident hope of finding Mr. Beecher guiltless. Had such been the result of my examination, the verdict of acquittal would have been a pleasant one, and the task of upholding it by proof most thoroughly congenial. As the result was differen, and step by step I had reached an unwavering conviction of his guilt, I hesitated to declare it.” The preface to the second edition is dated October 15, 1874; Fairfield’s first attack on Beecher (and the source for the 20-page first edition of the same year) was evidently first published in the Mansfield Herald of September 10, 1874. One of the few clerical attacks on the well-respected Beecher during the Beecher-Tilton adultery scandal.