Dublin: The Central Tenants' Defense Committee, 1877. Hardcover. The trial of John Sarsfield Casey, an activist defender of Irish tenant farmers, who earlier in his career wrote letters to Fenian newspapers as 'The Galtee Boy', which were used in his 1865 trial to support a charge of treason and a sentence of transportation to Australia. Casey was one of the 62 Fenians transported to Western Australia. He was granted a free pardon in 1869 and returned to Dublin in 1870.
The 1877 trial recorded here was brought against Casey in Ireland by the agent for a wealthy land owner (Nathaniel Buckley) named Patten Smith Bridge.
Bridge had imposed enormous rent increases on the Galtee Mountain tenant farmers; he alleged that Casey's articles to the press about the excessive rent increases had libeled him. Huge rents increases and the inability of farmers to pay resulted in whole families being thrown out of their homes; Casey knew these facts from personal experience as some of these tenants were his relatives. The trial lasted 8 days; Bridge's claim for damages against Casey was repudiated.
8vo, vii, 98pp. Deaccessed by the NY Association of the Bar Library, with their stamp on the title page. Tan library cloth binding with leather gilt spine label, and paper label. Cloth sunned at spine, leather label slightly rubbed. Title page detached, chipped at edges with early paper repair on verso; Preface pages through vi chipped along gutter but holding. OCLC: 20515747. Good + overall. Item #23994