Boston: William Chadwick, Printer, 1849. Original printed brown wrappers [entitled, 'Ex Post Facto Laws by Judicial Legislation!!'], stitched. 40pp. Light wear, Very Good. Presentation inscription on front wrapper to Whiting Griswold, and addressed to him on plain rear wrapper. Griswold was from Greenfield, Massachusetts, active in public affairs, would become active in the Republican Party, and was a Republican elector in the 1864 elections.
The Statement is an impassioned protest against the "usurpation of power" by the Massachusetts Supreme Court which, the author claims, affirmed the conviction of a man for selling liquor in violation of a statute which had been repealed. "Where is the authority to be found which gives the Supreme Court the power to REVIVE and clothe with constitutional authority, a repealed law?" The Court had reasoned that the "repeal by implication" of a law revived its predecessor statute. Junius expresses his outrage.
Cohen 9738. Sabin 36921. OCLC 46326401 [2- Yale, Newberry] [as of March 2013]. Item #30032