The Trial of Harry Croswell
November 16, 1802
On page 3, the Senior Editor [Sampson] "most pointedly and solemnly
declares that he had no kind of agency in instituting" The
Wasp, and "that he has never
written for it a single sentence" and he is "as completely
unconnected with The Wasp
as he would be if it were printed in the Indies". Croswell is
still Junior Editor of The Balance
as the masthead demonstrates.
September 7, 1803
The Croswell Indictment (Column 2)
"MODERATE MAN" writes: "nothing has given me more concern
than * the trial of Mr. Crosswell for a libel on the President of
the United States .... Was he refused the benefit of proving the truth
of the charges?
The District Attorney and County Clerk
respond: "Mr. CROSWELL's Counsel was told by Judge Lewis that
he should not be allowed to prove the truth of the assertions in the
"... that Harry Croswell
* printer, being a malicious and seditious man and of depraved mind
and a wicked and diabolical disposition ... did on the 9th day of
September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and two
* print and publish * a certain scandalous, malicious and seditious
libel; in a certain paper or publication, entitled "The Wasp"
* that is 'Jefferson paid Callender for calling Washington a traitor,
a robber, and a perjurer; and for calling Adams a hoary headed incendiary...'"
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