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C. H. Clay, Vs. J. B. Clay, T. W. Waters, And Others

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This was a snit at law, instituted by C. M. Clay, agiiinst the " Commiltee" at Lexington, for tlie destruclion of iho printing establishrnent of the "True American." ïhc verme was chauged, and the case tried IB Jussnmine Counly, The defendants pleaded, that the paper called "True American," was established by C. M. Clay, to procure emanci pation of the Sla ves, and that the subject had not been discussedjtemperately and moderately, but ip a marmer to render the slaves insubordínate and inclined to insurrection ; and, therefore, the printing press of lh; "Trae American" had become a moral nuisance, which the dufendanls with 5S others had abated in pursuance of the recjnest of the public meeting. The plaintiff demurred, and the court sustained the demurrer, anuadjudged the ])lea bad, A verdict was then rendered for the Plaintift" of 82,500. The defendant appealed. The verdict will surprise noone. Thero is no large potion of the peoplo of the State who are not for tipbolding in lettor and spirit the liberty of the press, or who are not opposed, in mind and heart, to anything hke moi)-action agiunst ir. We do not. propose entering into the merits of the famous Lexington oase. Let by-gones be by-gonos ! But we venture to aflirm, thar. all, or noarly all the actors in it, regret that it occurred. regret the part tliey took in it, and would be the last to assail again, either the nghts of peraons or property, in the illegal manner they did. Vv are endeavoring to procure a full report of the trial, if we succeed, wo slio.ll lay it Ijefore our readers, for it is important, not on lv to tho present, but to the future, thateverything coiiiiect.ed with the Loxington case