1803.064: Address to Doctor John K. Read.

Published: 1803

Full Title: To Doctor John K. Read. Sir, It might have been expected, that the experience which you have had, would have instilled into you some portion of wisdom ... You have been charged and tried for delivering in your official character, as an alderman of the borough of Norfolk, a man up to the British consul, by whom he was sent to the West Indies, tried, condemned and executed. ... Candidus. The author may be found on enquiry. Norfolk, June 22, 1803.

Author: Candidus [pseudonym].

Place Issued: Norfolk

Issuing Press: Willett & O'Connor

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 28 cm. x 21 cm. (broadside, printed in three columns).


A Federalist assault on the character and conduct of Read, then a major Republican figure in the Norfolk area; Read had been removed from office in 1800 after overstepping his judicial authority by extraditing a seaman of British birth to the West Indies without first referring the matter to the federal courts as required under the Jay Treaty of 1797 (see 1800.074 and 1800.075); that controversial affair did not diminish Read's political or social standing among Virginia's Republicans as this attempt to discredit him fully three years later aptly illustrates. Sheet lacks colophon; the only Federalist press then operating in Norfolk was that of Charles Willett and James O'Connor, publishers of the Norfolk Herald, so the attribution here.

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