THE TRIAL OF THE HON. MATURIN LIVINGSTON, AGAINST JAMES CHEETHAM, FOR A LIBEL; HELD AT THE SITTINGS, ON THE TWENTY-EIGHTH OF NOV. 1807. BEFORE THE HON. JUDGE SPENCER. TAKEN IN SHORT HAND, BY WILLIAM SAMPSON, ESQ. COUNSELLOR AT LAW.

New York: Printed and Published by S. Gould, Law Bookseller and Law Stationer, 1807. 63, [1 blank] pp. Disbound, scattered spotting, Good+, with the contemporary signature of Robert Macomb.

Cheetham was editor of the 'Republican Watch Tower.' He had distinguished himself as a vitriolic writer who did not hesitate to deliver harsh and frequently inaccurate charges against those who had incurred his displeasure. Cheetham's September 14, 1805 issue stated that Livingston had cheated at cards at the dancing assembly in New York City in 1795. He had allegedly spied on one of the card players and given signals to his brother Peter, who was playing at the tables. The jury awarded Livingston $1000. This was the second trial of the case; the jury had failed to agree at the first trial. The case is reported at 2 Johnson's Reports [NY Superior Court] 479. This pamphlet prints the arguments of counsel, the judge's charge to the jury, the summary of testimony, and the verdict.
"When and where William Sampson learned short hand does not now appear to be known, nor do we know anything of the method he used; but certain it is that he was an expert as stenographers then ranked, and he has left behind him more evidences of his skill than perhaps any of his contemporaries save Thomas Lloyd... As early as 1807 his reports began to appear," commencing with this case. [Beale, WILLIAM SAMPSON: LAWYER AND STENOGRAPHER. Boston: 1907. Page 19]. Sampson was also one of the great trial lawyers of his day. An Irish emigrant, he "achieved high rank chiefly through his eloquence and his vigorous advocacy of personal rights" [DAB].
Cohen 11994. II Harv. Law Cat. 1129. AI 13738 [9]. Item #32553

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