HAMILTON, ALEXANDER, et al
The Speeches at Full Length of Mr. Van Ness, Mr. Caines, the Attorney-General, Mr. Harrison, and General Hamilton, in the great cause of the people, against Harry Croswell, on an indictment for a libel on Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States. New York: Waite, 1804
FIRST EDITION. Angered by attacks on his administration by Federalist newspapers, Thomas Jefferson decided to use the Sedition Act to “restore the integrity of the press.” (Jefferson had previously attacked the Adams administration’s use of the Sedition Act to silence its enemies.) Jefferson encouraged selective prosecutions, one of which became a landmark in First Amendment history. Harry Croswell’s The Wasp accused Jefferson of paying pamphleteer James Callender to charge Washington and Adams with various crimes and to refer to Adams as a “hoary-headed incendiary” and Washington as a “traitor, robber, and perjurer.” In Croswell’s trial for seditious libel, the judge ruled that the truth was not a defense.
(PICKERING, TIMOTHY, Jr.) Sir Francis Bernard
Sir Francis Bernard. Document signed as governor of the Province of the Massachusetts-Bay commissioning Pickering as lieutenant. Boston, 8 January 1766
This is the original military commission for Timothy Pickering, Jr. (1745-1829), one of the key figures of the American Revolutionary War and the founding era. It is very rare to encounter military commissions of major figures of the Revolution. Pickering, then a recent Harvard graduate, is named Lieutenant of the 4th Co. of Foot, Salem, of the 1st Regiment of Militia, County of Essex. Sir Francis Bernard, who has signed the commission, was governor of Massachusetts from 1760-69, the turbulent decade that brought about the American Revolution.
Hugo Black and the Supreme Court: A Symposium. Edited by Stephen Parks Strickland. New York: Bobbs-Merrill, (c.1967)
FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy inscribed by Black: “To our friend, Arthur Goldberg, on this his forty ninth birthday, with our warm and affectionate good wishes to him and to Dorothy, Hugo L. Black August 8, 1967” and further signed by his wife Elizabeth. Black, once a member of the KKK and later one of the greatest defenders of civil liberties, inscribes this volume to fellow Supreme Court Justice Goldberg. Black, Warren, Douglas, Brennan, and Goldberg were key members of the liberal wing of the court in the 1960s.
A Compendious Exercise for the Garrison and Field Ordnance, as Practised in the United States. Washington City: Weightman, 1810
FIRST EDITION of “the first official drill manual for either the American regular or militia artillery” (Graves). This manual constrains detailed instructions on procedures in firing and handling artillery and training soldiers in its use.
(SUPREME COURT.) CLARK ,ED
The Supreme Court. Washington, D.C.: Ed Clark, 1956
Completed in 1935, the magnificent neoclassical Supreme Court Building features the motto “Equal Justice Under the Law” on the west facade. This splendid, enormous color photograph was taken by famed LIFE magazine photographer Ed Clark: “Black Church Leaders pray on the Supreme Court steps for integration to succeed” (Herrera, Frank, Ed Clark: Decades).
(DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION, Chicago, 1968)
Collection of papers of John M. Bailey, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, concerning the convention. Various places, 1968
The 1968 Democratic National Convention of 1968, held in Chicago, was a landmark event in American political history. John M. Bailey of Connecticut, who had helped to orchestrate Johnson’s landslide victory in 1964, oversaw the contentious presidential campaign of 1968, in which Robert Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey, Eugene McCarthy, and others sought the Democratic nomination. This is a collection of papers to and by longtime Democratic National Committee Chairman John M. Bailey.
(STATUE OF LIBERTY ,Central Park.)
Liberty’s Torch in Madison Square Park. no publisher, negative ca. 1876, made from a print, late 19th century.
The torch of the Statue of Liberty was exhibited in Madison Square Park, New York to raise funds for the statue’s completion. The torch remained in the park from 1876 through 1882.