1851 · Auburn
Seward was counsel to Fitch, allegedly the "chief conspirator" in a plot to sabotage the Michigan Central Railroad, whose newly built and unfenced line had killed cattle and other livestock grazing onto the Road's right-of-way. "The railroad, instead of trying to mitigate the controversy, acted in a high-handed manner," and brought suit after the burning of its freight house in Detroit. [Greenly]. Fitch and others, arrested for the crime, were denied bail; he died in jail during his trial. This piece presents Seward's compelling jury argument; it was also printed in Detroit in the same year.
Cohen 12146. Not in Sabin or Eberstadt. (Inventory #: 30010)