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HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS,

ET C.

TRIAL OF COOPER.

This seditious emigrant is mentioned in the Rush-Light, No. V, to which I refer the reader for an account of his general conduct, inserting here a brief sketch of his trial, which was held in the district court of the United States, at Philadel. phia, April Term, 1801.

The bill of indictment having been returned true, Cooper, who chose, to plead his own cause, put in the following plea.

“ The defendant (protesting against the insinuations and constructions in the said indictment alleged against him) pleads not guilty, and of this he puts himself upon his country, and will give the following facts in evidence on the trial, in justification of the supposed libel, stated in the aforesaid indictment :

1st. M5, Adams, either by himself, or by the officers of state acting under his authority, has given the public to understand, that he would bestow no office but on persons who conformed to his political opinions.

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