REPORT OF THE TRIAL OF THE HON. SAMUEL CHASE, ONE OF THE ASSOCIATE JUSTICES OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, BEFORE THE HIGH COURT OF IMPEACHMENT, COMPOSED OF THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES, FOR CHARGES EXHIBITED AGAINST HIM BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, IN THE NAME OF THEMSELVES, AND OF ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, FOR HIGH CRIMES & MISDEMEANORS, SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN BY HIM COMMITTED; WITH THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTS AND OFFICIAL PAPERS, FROM HIS IMPEACHMENT TO FINAL ACQUITTAL. TAKEN IN SHORT-HAND, BY CHARLES EVANS, AND THE ARGUMENTS OF COUNSEL REVISED BY THEM FROM HIS MANUSCRIPT.

Baltimore: Samuel Butler and George Keatings, 1805. pp [6], 12, [3]-244, 237-268, 68 [as issued, no repetition of text]. Original calf, possibly rebacked at an early date [light wear to corners, small chips to spine, spine label worn]. Foxed; dark stain runs through top margin [enters first few lines of text of final seventy or so pages]. Good.

In 1796 President Washington nominated the Federalist Chase, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, to the Supreme Court; the Senate unanimously confirmed. Angered by President Adams's last-minute judicial appointments, Jeffersonians resolved, after the 1800 election, to make "an example of at least one Judge." Chase became their target. The pretext was his harangue to a Maryland Grand Jury, opposing Jefferson's agenda. His "unnecessarily strenuous support of the Sedition Law, his prejudiced and passionate conduct of the trials of the two Republicans, Thomas Cooper and James T. Callender...and his personal traits had long subjected him to vicious and unmeasured attacks" [I Warren, The Supreme Court 273].
Cohen 14471. Sabin 12204. Bristol 340. AI 8173 [5]. Item #33937

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