40pp. 8vo, later 3/4 roan, spine and edges of corners worn, some pages with foxing, mostly to margins, page margins uncut. N.p., (Montpelier?), 1822. First Edition
Heman Allen, the plaintiff, was awarded $4500.00 in damages from the defendants, Silas Hathaway and Uziel Pierson. The case was heard before the Vermont Supreme Court. Silas Hathaway petitioned the legislature of Vermont to grant him a new trial after the Vermont Supreme Court denied his request. Heman Allen argued that if the legislature granted a new trial, it would be going against the constitution of Vermont. Heman Allen was a lawyer, elected to several elected offices in Vermont, and from 1818 to 1823, he was United States Marshal for Vermont. Heman Allen was also the nephew of Ira and Ethan Allen. Included in the text is a three page opinion by Daniel Webster on the legal questions of granting a new trial by the Vermont legislature. Gilman, page 7.