ID: 26661
Sharpe versus Vialls, clerk.

PHILLIPS, Charles,, Sharpe versus Vialls, clerk. The speech of C. Phillips, Esq. as delivered at the Court of King's Bench, in an action between Sharpe v. Vialls, clerk, to recover damages for a malicious prosecution for stealing beef and bread, value twopence, on Thursday, December 12th, 1822, before the Lord Chief Justice and a special jury. London: George Hebert. 1822.

8vo., 8pp., minor foxing throughout, preserved in modern wrappers with printed label on upper cover.

Charles Phillips (1787?-1859) was an Irish Barrister at Law, who after 1821 gained fame as an orator at the English bar. In this case he used his considerable rhetorical talents in the case of an under-gardener accused of stealing portions of beef and bread from his employer, a clergyman. The alleged theft seems to have been based on a misunderstanding as well as malice on behalf of the minister; consequently when the gardener's case was brought to trial he was acquitted. Phillips appeared for him to obtain recompense for expenses, imprisonment endured and defamation of character. Needless to say the Jury returned a verdict in favour of the plaintiff and he was awarded damages of fifty pounds.