A FULL REPORT OF THE TRIAL OF THE REV. ROBERT J. BRECKINRIDGE, ON AN INDICTMENT FOR A LIBEL ON JAMES L. MAGUIRE, OVERSEER OF THE ALMS HOUSE OF BALTIMORE CITY AND COUNTY. PUBLISHED UNDER THE SUPERINTENDENCE OF A MEMBER OF THE BALTIMORE BAR. BALTIMORE CITY COURT, FEBRUARY TERM, 1840. J. Robert Breckinridge.

A FULL REPORT OF THE TRIAL OF THE REV. ROBERT J. BRECKINRIDGE, ON AN INDICTMENT FOR A LIBEL ON JAMES L. MAGUIRE, OVERSEER OF THE ALMS HOUSE OF BALTIMORE CITY AND COUNTY. PUBLISHED UNDER THE SUPERINTENDENCE OF A MEMBER OF THE BALTIMORE BAR. BALTIMORE CITY COURT, FEBRUARY TERM, 1840.

Baltimore: Published and Sold by John Reilly, 1840. 36pp. Disbound, scattered spotting. Rubberstamp and light blindstamp on title page, which has a small tear in blank portion; some crimping to the last leaf. Good+. Text printed in two columns per page.

Breckinridge was editor of the Baltimore Literary and Religious Magazine. The November 1839 issue published an article claiming that the "County Alms House has been converted, not only into a papal mass house, but into a papal prison." According to the article Maguire, the overseer of the alms house, had confined a woman against her will on the word of a lying Priest. Maguire brought suit, claiming that the article was false and malicious.
The pamphlet prints the criminal indictment and summaries of the testimony and arguments of counsel. The jury was deadlocked, and no verdict was reached.
FIRST EDITION. Cohen 13278. Sabin 7690. OCLC 30993351 [5- Lib. MI, Georgetown, NYHS, Lib. Congress, Presbyterian Hist. Soc.] as of January 2018. Item #34612

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