1802.056: Response to Calumny Circulated by John Brown, Senator from Kentucky.

Published: 1802

Full Title: Observations and documents, relative to a calumny circulated by John Brown, a member of the Senate of the United States, from Kentucky, to the prejudice of Elisha I. Hall, of Frederick County, Virginia.

Author: Hall, Elisha I.

Place Issued: Winchester

Issuing Press: Richard Bowen

Description: 48 pgs.; 21 cm. (8vo)


Hall signed this imprint on page 16: "Frederick County, (Virginia,) April 4, 1802." He offered a documented defense against charges of theft and sharp-dealing leveled by John Brown and his brother James dating to their arrivals in Kentucky in the mid-1790s; James Brown replied in kind with a pamphlet of his own, issued by David Bradford in Lexington in 1803 (S/S 3884). Title page lacks imprint; date assigned from Hall's signature. Shaw & Shoemaker suggested a Richmond origin for this title, but given Hall's stated residence near Winchester, this almost certainly issued from that valley market town; moreover, the Federalist printers in Richmond then – Augustine Davis and Henry Pace – did not exclude their printer's marks from such controversial imprints as, unlike Federalist presses elsewhere in Virginia, they did not fear retribution for their partisan work; at this time, Richard Bowen operated the only Federalist press in Winchester and so his office likely issued the Federalist Hall's counterpoint to the affront of the Republican Brown brothers.

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