"ONE OF THE CANDIDATES FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF THE UNITED STATES HAS VIOLATED OUR CONSTITUTION AND OUR LAWS": FIRST EDITION OF THE APPEAL OF L. LOUAILLIER, SEN. AGAINST THE CHARGE OF HIGH TREASON, AND EXPLAINING THE TRANSACTIONS AT NEW-ORLEANS, 1827
LOUAILLIER, Louis. The Appeal of L. Louaillier, Sen. Against the Charge of High Treason, and Explaining the Transactions at New-Orleans. New Orleans: No publisher, 1827. Octavo, stitched as issued, original printed beige self-wrappers; pp. 28. $2900.
First edition of this address supporting John Quincy Adams for the presidency by objecting to Andrew Jackson's continuation of martial law in New Orleans after the British withdrawal.
Issued during the presidential campaign of 1828, this pamphlet takes on Andrew Jackson's establishment of martial law in New Orleans during the War of 1812. When state senator Louis Louaillier wrote an article objecting to Jackson's military dictatorship, he was arrested. When Judge Dominic Hall dared to criticize Jackson's suspension of habeas corpus and Louaillier's arrest, he was arrested too and charged with treason. When Hall was eventually released, he fined Jackson $1000, a huge sum at the time that a number of officials felt was unreasonable. Louaillier, in turn, offered this address, published here for the first time, in which he speaks of the injustices Jackson inflicted on him and implored his fellow citizens to vote for John Quincy Adams (who ultimately lost). Howes L485. Eberstadt 182. Shoemaker 29534. Early owner signature on front wrapper.
Unobtrusive abrasion line to front wrapper, light wear to extremities, minor embrowning. An extremely good copy.