Washington City: Printed by Jacob Gideon, Junior, 1822. 111, [1 blank] pp. Disbound with light scattered foxing. Good+ or so.
"James Barron (1769-1851) was court-martialed for his role as commander of the ill-fated American frigate Chesapeake which Barron had surrendered to the British warship Leopard in an encounter on June 22,1807. The Leopard had attacked the Chesapeake and badly damaged it after Barron refused to permit the British to board it and seize alleged deserters from two other British ships. Barron was found guilty and suspended from the Navy for five years. Later, in 1822, Barron unsuccessfully sought reinstatement through a Court of Enquiry whose proceedings" are printed here. "Opinion of the Court (p.99) holds that Barron's absence from the United States following his five year suspension from the Navy in 1808 was without permission of the government and hence contrary to his duty as a naval officer" [Cohen].
Cohen 13430. Item #34613