Portland [ME]: Brown, Thurston & Co., 1866. Original printed wrappers with wrapper title [as issued]. Stitched, 62pp. Near Fine.
A Jacksonian Democrat from Maine, Smith served in Congress during the 1830's, then practiced law and was a partner with Samuel F.B. Morse in developing the telegraph. Here Smith was charged with procuring one Northrup to commit perjury. Northrup had denied under oath that Northrup's wife had lived with Smith before Northrup married her. The indictment, Smith claimed, was an outgrowth of Smith's interest in Morse's telegraph and Smith's charge that D.H. Craig had cut telegraph lines which had been constructed by Morse. Smith and his counsel argued that the indictment had been trumped up by Craig as a retaliatory measure. The trial court overturned the guilty verdict, and the prosecution decided not to retry the case. See 98 Mass. Reports 10 .
II Harv. Law Cat. 1191. OCLC 183273404 . Item #27666