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Alton Trials: of Winthrop S. Gilman, who was indicted with Enoch Long, Amos B. Roff . and Taddeus B. Hurlbut for the Crime of Riot, ... while engaged in defending a Printing Press from an attack made on it at that time by An Armed Mob. Also the trial John Solomon ... for a riot committed in Alton ... unlawfully and forcibly entering the warehouse of Godfrey, Gilman & Co., and breaking up and destroying a Printing Press.

New York: John F Trow, 1838. First Edition. Hardcover. On November 7, 1837, Elijah Parish Lovejoy (borning in Albion, Maine) was killed by a pro-slavery mob while defending the site of his press, The Saint Louis Observer, renowned for producing abolitionist tracts. For many, Lovejoy was a martyr to the cause of free speech. His death deeply affected many Northerners and greatly strengthened the abolitionist [anti-slavery] cause and effectively proved that slavery posed a danger to the liberties of all Americans. Emerson was appalled by the incident and, in response, delivered an address in Concord focusing on the necessity of preserving free speech.[the address does not survive in finished form]. OCLC locates 11 copies. [Howes L-348; Sabin 41268; Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 12163]. Very Good. Light shelf/edge wear, sunning at spine, dampstain marks on front board, evidence of a lifted book plate at front pastedown, small closed tear at ffep, light foxing at endpages, loss at the top of rfep (likely an owner name removal), else tight, bright, and unmarred. Green textured cloth binding, frontispiece. 12mo. 158pp plus advert. Illus. (b/w plate). Item #9774

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