Benjamin Harris, A Short, but Just Account of the Tryal of Benjamin Harris (1679)

A short but just account of the tryal of Benjamin Harris

A Short, but Just Account of the Tryal of Benjamin Harris: Describes Harris' trial for printing a pamphlet called An appeal from the country to the city (1679).

Benjamin Harris is sometimes credited as the founder of American journalism. His Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestick (1690) is considered to be the first newspaper printed in America, although it was shut down four days after the first issue. Authorities collected and destroyed it, and the only copy known to have survived is now in the British Library.

Before arriving in the colonies, Harris had been jailed in England for printing a seditious pamphlet, Appeal from the Country to the City (1679). A Short, but Just Account of the Tryal of Benjamin Harris gives a description of this trial and the testimony against him. One bookseller testified, "My Lord, this Book was publickly sold in other Booksellers Shops before we had it and so we thought in a way of Trade, we might do the like; but as soon as ever we heard there was anything ill in the Book, we supprest the selling of it."

Clements Library copy of A Short but Just Account of the Tryal of Benjamin Harris