A Sober Appeal to the Christian Public

New Haven: Published by Flagg & Gray, 1819.

Price: $400.00

Softcover. First edition. 12mo. Printed self-wrappers. 23, [1]pp. Ink splash, and signature of S.P. Staples on the front wrap, else a near fine copy. Signed "Harry Croswell" in ink at the conclusion of the text (whether by Croswell or not we do not know). Croswell (1778-1858) ran a fiercely Federalist newspaper, *The Balance and Columbian Repository*, noted for its vituperative articles, and was often sued for libel. The most celebrated of these was an article on Jefferson, published in the *Wasp*, a paper controlled by Mr. Croswell. Alexander Hamilton's last speeches were made in Croswell's defense at the trial. After being forced from the newspaper trade, he took up the cloth and was ordained in 1815, when he became rector of Trinity Church in New Haven. This appears to be an attack on a Congregationalist minister who has had the temerity to attack the Episcopal church.

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A Sober Appeal to the Christian Public. Harry? CROSWELL.