RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED TO THE STATE CONVENTION OF A.D. 1846, BY A VICTIM OF THE MAL-ADMINISTRATION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN NEW-YORK. FLAGRANT SUBVERSION OF THE LIBERTY OF THE PRESS.

New-York: Printed by Michael T. O'Connor, [1846]. Original printed wrappers, stitched, 24pp. Dusted, wrapper wear to spine and corners. Good+.

Anthony Verren sued Barthelmy for libel; Barthelmy considered his loss an outrage, and blamed it on the corruption, incompetence, and malevolence of the New York judicial system. Barthelmy's pamphlet protests the gross injustice, and urges newly-elected mayor Robert H. Morris to "prevent for the future the triumph of perjury or of corruption in our Courts of law."
Verren was Pastor of the French Protestant Church in New York City. Credited with developing the church into a thriving institution, "Mr. Verren was having some troubles of his own. The French community of a city like New York has always included bad as well as good people ... There has always been a good deal of rancour among the disappointed, and the inadapted. Mr. Verren being considered as one of those who had reached a fairly good position, came in for a good deal of envy, even among a couple of derelicts who were on the relief roll of the church. Stories went round about his making pastoral calls on women who happened to be alone in their apartment. These slanders culminated in a libel. Mr. Verren was not the kind of man who took such things lying down. He took the authors of the libel to court. They were condemned to damages and prison"
Barthelmy's libelous publication, printed in English and French, was entitled, "Rev. Anthony Verren, Pastor of the French Episcopal Church of the Saint-Esprit at New-York, Judged by his Works." [Maynard, THE HUGUENOT CHURCH OF NEW YORK. A HISTORY OF THE FRENCH CHURCH OF SAINT ESPRIT 227 et seq., 250 (New York 1938).]
OCLC records only three items printed by the O'Connor firm, all in 1845 and 1846.
McCoy B97. Not in American Imprints, Sabin, Cohen, Harv. Law Cat., Marke. OCLC 190811911 [2- AAS, NYHS] as of November 2021. Item #37890

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