New York: Van Pelt & Spear, Printers, 95 Pearl-Street, 1822. 95, [1 blank] pp. Disbound. Erratum at page 95. Title page lightly spotted, and two old institutional rubberstamps. Else a clean text. Good+.
"A grand jury charged Niven with falsehood and misrepresentations in his dealings with clients, and recommended his disbarment. Court of Common Pleas orders him suspended from practice" [Cohen]. This pamphlet lists the members of the Grand Jury, prints the affidavits of angry clients whose retainers Niven stole, the testimony and depositions of Niven, and the court proceedings.
William Sampson, who reported the case, was one of New York City's most colorful trial lawyers. "Mr. Sampson was the first in our country to fix public attention on the subject of legal reform. In this cause he laboured assiduously for many years...His invectives, however, against the Common Law, were often injudicious, and indiscriminately severe, and his love of ridicule frequently took the place of prudence, of reason, and of useful learning" [Marvin]. This Irish immigrant "achieved high rank chiefly through his eloquence and his vigorous advocacy of personal rights" [DAB].
Cohen 11559. Marke 998. AI 8290 . Item #34595