1807.064: Justification of Personal Conduct by Dr. Holmes.

Published: 1807

Full Title: After the business was settled between myself and Mr. Richard Apperson, by satisfactory concessions from the latter, for his conduct to Mr. Samuel Holmes, Senior ...

Author: Holmes, Dr. R.

Place Issued: Petersburg

Issuing Press: Uncertain

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 11 cm. x 19 cm. (broadside).


Richard Apperson served on the federal grand jury in Kentucky that refused to indict Aaron Burr of charges of treason for a conspiracy he reportedly forged with Spanish authorities in 1805 to seize the Mississippi Territory from the United States – a charge unrelated to those lodged in his infamous 1807 treason trial. On Apperson's return to Virginia, his actions drew criticisms from his neighbors in Mecklenburg County, leading to a challenge to a duel from this item's author for his affronts to the author's father; subsequently Dr. Holmes returned to Petersburg to find that one John James Speed had circulated rumors of his cowardice in the Apperson affair, which had been settled by apologies and not combat; here, Holmes directed interested parties to consult the seconds in Mecklenburg for an accurate account of the challenge's resolution. Speed countered with his own hand-bill shortly hereafter (1807.065). Sheet lacks colophon; clearly a Petersburg title; but with at least three presses operating in the town at this time, making an attribution to an specific printer requires more evidence, so the indeterminacy here.

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