A report of the labors of John Augustus, for the last ten years, in aid of the unfortunate: containing a description of his method of operations; striking incidents, and observations upon the improvement of some of our city institutions, with a view to the benefit of the prisoners and of society. Published by request. John Augustus.

A report of the labors of John Augustus, for the last ten years, in aid of the unfortunate: containing a description of his method of operations; striking incidents, and observations upon the improvement of some of our city institutions, with a view to the benefit of the prisoners and of society. Published by request

Boston: Wright & Hasty, printers, 1852. First edition, 8vo, pp. 104; original green printed wrappers; spine chipped with some loss, wrapper mildly soiled and dogeared, textblock clean and sound, very good. Small state library stamp at the top of the front wrapper. "Augustus spent the last two decades of his life singlehandedly providing bail for 1,946 people, making himself liable during that period to the extent of $243,235" (DAB). He was a shoemaker by trade, and spent his spare time at the municipal court, serving as an advocate for defendants. His activities frequently brought him into conflict with court officials. Augustus was never associated with any organization and never received any payment for his activities. Sabin 2384. Item #56327

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