New York: Thomas Hamilton, 1859. , 16pp. Frontis engraving plus other illustrations. Trimmed closely throughout, shaving portions of letters on page 6. Disbound. Good+.
Cheever was an anti-slavery and pro-temperance minister, whose enthusiasm for the reform movements of the time frequently embroiled him in controversy. In the mid-1830's "there appeared from his pen 'The True History of Deacon Giles' Distillery' in the 'Salem Landmark', in which with changed names he told the story of a distillery in Salem whose proprietor was a church deacon who sold Bibles. This produced a violent upheaval. The press was destroyed by a mob and Cheever was assaulted on the street by the foreman of the distillery. He was sued for libel, fined $1,000, and imprisoned for one month" [DAB]. Lemuel Shaw, Chief Justice of Massachusetts, presided at the trial.
This is one of several printings. Item #32065