New York. 1818. 68pp. 20th-century red buckram, spine gilt. Minor toning and foxing, institutional ink and blind stamps on titlepage. Very good. Item #WRCAM53050
An interesting early-19th-century trial account involving the assault on an eminent New York newspaper editor by a prominent New York state official. The assailant, Henry Hagerman, allegedly "did make an assault...and there kick, strike, beat, wound and ill treat...the said William Coleman." Hagerman was a Democratic Judge Advocate and was accused of misconduct by NEW YORK EVENING POST editor, William Coleman. Coleman was the first editor of the EVENING POST, founded by Alexander Hamilton in 1801. "On the evening of April 11 Coleman was overtaken by Hagerman near sunset at the corner of Murray and Church Streets, and attacked without warning from the rear. His assailant used the loaded butt of a rawhide whip. The editor was stunned by the first blow, was repeatedly struck and kicked as he lay prostrate, and when he staggered to his feet, half blind with blood, was given a still more savage beating. Public indignation against Hagerman rose so high that he was hurried to jail for safety, and not being able to ask for a change of venue, pleaded for postponement of the trial until it subsided. Two years to a day after the murderous attack, Coleman was awarded $4,000 in damages, a huge sum for 1820. But it was none too large. The editor had been prostrated for weeks, recurrent strokes of paralysis followed, and he was never in sound health again" - Nevins. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 43126. SABIN 29514. Allan Nevins, THE EVENING POST: A CENTURY OF JOURNALISM (New York: Boni and Liveright, ), pp.48-49.