Report of the Trial of Archibald Hamilton Rowan, Esq., on an Information, Filed, Ex Officio, by the Attorney General; for the Distribution of a Libel; with the Subsequent Proceedings Thereon. Containing the Arguments of Counsel, the Opinion of the Court, and Mr. Rowan's Address to the Court, at Full

Ireland; trials; libel; freedom of the press]; [Rowan, Archibald Hamilton]

Published by Tiebout & O' Brien, Dublin / New York, 1794
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Title: Report of the Trial of Archibald Hamilton ...

Publisher: Tiebout & O' Brien, Dublin / New York

Publication Date: 1794

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good+

Edition: First American Edition.


Later binding, ornately blindstamped calf; 8vo; pp. [2] (title-p., blank), 152, plus engraved portrait by John Scholes with notation "Engraved for Tiebout & O'Brien's Edition of Rowan's Trial." This copy without the leaf that appears in some copies containing "Address of the Independent Dublin Volunteers to Archibald Rowan and Rowans' Reply." Evans 27643; McCoy R287 (for the Dublin edition, American not mentioned). Text a bit browned, otherwise an excellent copy. Archibald Hamilton Rowan (1751-1834) was the son of Gawen Hamilton of Killyleagh Castle, County Down, and Lady Jane Rowan Hamilton. In 1784, he joined the Killyleagh Volunteers (a militia group later associated with radical reform) under his father's command, and in 1790 he was a founding member of The Dublin Society of United Irishmen. He was jailed for seditious libel, but escaped to Paris (where he befriended Mary Wollstonecraft), but the Thermidorian Reaction to the French Revolution proved too tumultuous, and he moved on to Philadelphia, then Wilmington (Delaware), over many years, descending from riches to rags, wary of travel, and unable to return to Ireland. His wife was his most loyal and determined advocate, and through her efforts he was able to move to Hamburg (where he was finally reunited with her and their 10 children), and eventually London. He did not return home to Ireland until 1806, but he returned as a hero. Bookseller Inventory # D11144

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