1803.080: A Refutation of Charges made by Veritas.

Published: 1803

Full Title: A refutation of the charges made by a writer under the signature of "Veritas," against the character of Gabriel Jones—the lately acknowledged author being the Honorable Philip Grymes, member of the council of state. In which every charge or insinuation against him in that libel is fully and clearly refuted.

Author: Jones, Gabriel (1724-1806).

Place Issued: Winchester

Issuing Press: Richard Bowen

Description: 32 pgs.; 20 cm. (8vo).


A response to the Open Letter to Gabriel Jones (1803.077) in which Councilor Grymes had detailed how Jones, an ardent Federalist and Rockingham County lawyer, had used his social and economic standing to compel ill-educated county-court justices in the Valley to act contrary to law in the many suits he filed against his neighbors, so enriching himself at the cost of common people; Grymes did so in response to similar charges made by Jones against Jefferson, whom he claimed had cheated him monetarily in court during the Revolutionary War, so bringing into question the validity and veracity of those accusations, so the use of the pen name Veritas (truth). The lengthy argument herein by Jones suggests that this sharp exchange was a settling of scores between two longtime political adversaries. Only two copies known extant (at Boston Athenaeum and University of Connecticut), neither of which was filmed by the Early American Imprints Series.

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