comic, that he seldom alluded to it without, apparently, falling into a paroxysm of mirth.
Some of his most humorous passages were written in connection with what he called “the Cooperage of the Tribune.”
To that affair, therefore, it is proper that a short chapter should be devoted, before pursuing further the History of the Tribune.
The matter alleged to be libellous appeared in the Tribune, Nov. 17th, 1841.
The trial took place at Saratoga
, Dec. 9th, 1842. Mr. Greeley
defended the suit in person, and, on returning to New York, wrote a long and ludicrous account of the trial, which occupied eleven columns and a quarter in the Tribune of Dec. 12th.
For that number of the paper there was such a demand, that the account of the trial was, soon after, re-published in a pamphlet, of which this chapter will be little more than a condensation.
The libel—such as it was—the reader may find lurking in the following epistle: